Growing Calathea (Zebra Plant)

Latin Name Pronunciation: kah-lah-thee'uh

GROWING CALATHEA AS A HOUSEPLANT

Also known as Zebra Plant, the best foliage color is achieved in bright, indirect light. High humidity is preferred (see below for ways to increase humidity around your plant). Keep potting mix evenly moist.

Humidity: Most houseplants are native to tropical or subtropical regions of the world, where relative humidity is typically very high. They suffer in the dry air produced by furnaces and woodstoves. The best way to increase the humidity around your plants is to run a humidifier nearby. You can also set plants in trays filled with pebbles or gravel. Add water to a level just below the tops of the pebbles (if the potting mix in the pots comes in contact with the water, the mix will draw water into the pot, which will cause the mix to become saturated, eventually leading to rot). Refill trays frequently to replace water lost through evaporation. (Our Humiditrays perform the same function without the need for pebbles.)

GROWING CALATHEA OUTDOORS IN SUMMER

Light/Watering: Grow in partial shade to shade and water when the top inch of soil is dry.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Use a well-drained potting mix and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly throughout the growing season (April to September).

End-of-Season Care: In all but the mildest winter climates (plants are hardy to Zone 11 [40°F]), bring plants indoors before frost and overwinter in bright indirect light. 

 

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