When I started my plant obsession, I heard a lot of warnings about Calatheas as they are considered to be high maintenance plants. I was really nervous when I got my first Calathea, but I soon bought a second, third and now I have eight Calatheas. Don’t get me wrong, they are very fussy and definitely not on my easy to care for list, but in my opinion they are worth it and you will learn a ton.
With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.
I am in no ways a Calathea expert and none of my Calatheas are perfect. They all have some crispy edges and damaged leaves. A lot of you have however asked about how to care for them. To be honest most of mine are just surviving at the moment and not yet thriving, but I think I’m getting there.
My Calathea care is fairly similar so I thought I would do all of them in one post. All my Calatheas are in a mixed houseplant soil with extra perlite for drainage and aeration. If you have a bright space and loads of light this won’t be necessary, but as we have fairly low light in Ireland I need as much help as I can get. I mist my Calatheas daily, but we have fairly high humidity so I don’t use a humidifier. I water once a week or once every two weeks depending on the weather. I recommend testing the soil before watering as the watering schedule will differ from plant to plant and from week to week. There is no schedule. I also only use filtered water when watering my plants.
Although none of my Calatheas look perfect I am happy that my collection is expanding. What are your feelings about caring for Calatheas? Do you find them challenging or difficult to care for or do you share my sentiments? I would love to hear from you. Leave a reply by commenting below!
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