Calathea ornata 4.5″

$16.99

Calathea ornata Care

Light: Place in low to medium indirect light; avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

Water: Keep soil consistently moist but not waterlogged; water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels; mist regularly or use a humidifier.

Temperature: Keep in a warm environment between 65-80°F (18-27°C); avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Soil: Use well-draining potting mix with peat moss or coco coir to retain moisture.

Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer); reduce feeding in fall and winter.

Pruning: Trim dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance.

Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years in the spring to refresh soil and provide room for growth.

Pests: Watch for common pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs; treat with insecticidal soap if necessary.

Leaf Care: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant.

Propagation: Propagate by division during repotting; carefully separate the root clumps and plant them in separate pots.

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Description

Calathea ornata, often referred to as the Pinstripe Calathea, is a striking tropical plant known for its elegant foliage and unique aesthetic appeal. Originating from the rainforests of South America, this plant features large, glossy, dark green leaves adorned with delicate, pink pinstripes that create a stunning contrast. The underside of the leaves boasts a rich, purplish hue, adding an extra layer of beauty and intrigue. As a member of the Marantaceae family, Calathea ornata is renowned for its ability to close its leaves at night and reopen them in the morning, a phenomenon known as nyctinasty, which adds a dynamic, living element to any indoor space.

Ideal for homes and offices, Calathea ornata thrives in low to medium indirect light, making it perfect for those less sunny spots that need a touch of greenery. It prefers high humidity and consistent moisture, so regular misting and watering are essential to keep it happy and healthy. With proper care, this elegant plant can grow up to two feet tall, making it a substantial yet manageable addition to your indoor plant collection. Its air-purifying qualities and striking appearance make Calathea ornata not just a plant, but a piece of living art that enhances any interior décor with its vibrant, exotic charm.