Calathea Orbifolia 'Zebra Plant'
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Calathea orbifolia, renowned as one of the most exquisite members of the Calathea genus, is a tropical houseplant prized for its captivating appearance. This species showcases large, round leaves adorned with intricate patterns resembling fine brushstrokes, ranging from silver to deep green. Calathea orbifolia's foliage makes it a striking centerpiece in any indoor botanical collection. Renowned for its preference for moderate to high humidity levels and indirect light, this plant embodies both elegance and sensitivity, making it a favored choice among enthusiasts seeking an ornamental gem for their interior spaces.
Type: Plastic Nursery Pot
Size: Medium :: 4 Inch Diameter
Size: Large :: 6 Inch Diameter
Light: Provide your Calathea orbifolia with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight or use sheer curtains to diffuse light.
Temperature: Maintain a warm and consistent environment with temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid exposure to drafts or temperatures below 60°F (15°C).
Humidity: Calathea orbifolia thrives in high humidity. Increase humidity levels by misting the plant regularly, using a humidity tray, or employing a humidifier. Grouping plants together can also create a more humid microclimate.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Calathea orbifolia when the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil feels dry. Use lukewarm, non-chlorinated water and ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent root rot. Adjust the watering frequency based on the plant's needs and the surrounding humidity.
Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure good aeration and moisture retention. Adding perlite or orchid bark can improve soil drainage.
Fertilization: Feed your Calathea orbifolia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to salt buildup in the soil.
Pruning: Trim or remove any yellowing or damaged leaves as they appear to maintain the plant's appearance and redirect energy to healthy growth.
Repotting: Repot your Calathea orbifolia when it becomes root-bound or outgrows its container. Spring is usually the best time for repotting. Choose a slightly larger pot to allow room for growth.
Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestations, treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.