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Calathea Orbifolia

SCENTIFIC NAME: Calathea orbifolia

KNOWN AS: Prayer Plant

CLIMATE (LOCATION): South America | Tropical

DESCRIPTION: This is a particularly captivating Calathea because of its huge, shiny, round leaves with slivery green stripes radiating outward. The large leaves make their "prayer" action all the more dramatic, lifting and lowering their leaves from night to day.

Calathea Orbifolia Care

Watering
This plant likes to be kept moist, but not soaking wet. Check the soil frequently during the summer to see if it is starting to dry out. In winter, you can be a little more lax and allow the top inch or so to dry out before watering again.
Lighting
Your Calathea will do well in medium to bright indirect light. Try to keep it out of direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves and fade the pretty leaf patterns.
Humidity
A humidity lover, for sure. Calatheas are generally known for their diva-like qualities and humidity is one of the toughest things to get right for a happy Calathea. If the humidity level drops even a tiny bit, it can quickly lead to crispy brown leaf tips.
Temperature
This plant is able to adapt to average indoor temperatures, but it will not do well if it is exposed to cold drafts or dry heat from vents. If the leaves get wilted and start turning yellow, you might need to move it to a different place.
Toxicity
This plant is non-toxic and safe for your whole family, including pets and children. Even though someone might eat it, they won't get poisoned.
Propagation
Propagating by division is very easy with this plant. The plant's underground rhizomes will push out their own offsets. These developing plants, or pups, can be separated from the rhizomes by simply making a clean cut through the rhizome (the much thicker, horizontal "root"). You can pot up this baby plant directly in soil. The best time to propagate is always in spring or summer when the plant is most resilient. This is also an excellent opportunity to repot the parent plant.
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Hanging Heights

Calathea Orbifolia Lighting Requirements: Medium Light (Medium Indirect Light) to High Light (Bright Indirect Light); Low Light Tolerant

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