A stunner of a houseplant - exuberant over-sized leaves with stripped contrasted bands in shades of silver and energised green.
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
- Calathea Orbifolia originates from tropical regions of Bolivia where you will find it roaming forest floors.
- She’s a larger houseplant, growing to up to 1m tall with leaves that can reach 30cm in length.
- A lover of bright indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight.
- Pet friendly! Non-toxic to humans and animals
- Growing Pot Size: 10cm
Key benefits: Air Purifying
Calathea orbifolia is not just a pretty face. Like most plants in your home, she will filter harmful pollutants in the air, promoting a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.
Care Level - Moderate
Calathea orbifolia requires just a little more love and attention than some easier-going house plants. Programmed for tropical environments, she will only thrive in conditions that replicate this. We’re talking warmth, high humidity, and consistent soil moisture. Yet, what she takes in care, she gives back with unique beauty.
How To Care For Your Calathea Orbifolia
Light: Calathea orbifolia likes lots of indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight which will cause the variegation of the leaves to fade.
Water: Sustain moist soil with frequent watering, little and often. Be sure not to let the soil become wet and heavy. Leave tap water to stand overnight to allow the chlorine present to dissipate before watering your plant.
Soil: When it comes to soil, pot with a well-draining, well-aerated potting mix. This can be achieved by mixing two parts coir and one part perlite with good quality compost.
Fertiliser: In spring and summer, feed with a nitrogen-rich liquid fertiliser once or twice a month.
Temperature: Keep temperatures warm! Maintaining room temperatures between 18-23°C will allow for the best growth. Ensure temperatures do not fall below 15°C in the colder months.
Humidity: Calathea orbifolia loves humidity. Think jungle conditions! It may be best to keep this plant in either the bathroom or kitchen if they receive enough light, as these rooms will maintain higher humidity levels.
Propagation: Propagate by dividing rhizomes at the start of the growing season as this will give time for the divisions to recuperate. Be gentle, as orbifolias do not like being disturbed.
Calathea Orbifolia - Common Problems and Questions
How can I increase humidity levels in my bedroom?
One option is to place the plant pot in a pebble-filled tray. This creates small reservoirs of water around your plant and therefore raises the moisture in the air. This is a steady method.
Another tip is to dry your clothes in the vicinity of your plant! This will provide a 5-10% increase in humidity for a couple of hours.
Do I need to prune my Calathea Orbifolia?
No pruning is necessary for this plant - simple! This is because the plant grows single-leaved stems. Maintenance for this plant is a focus on just removing any brown, yellow or damaged leaves. Cut leaves back to near the base of the main stem. This won’t negatively affect the growth of the plant.
How often should I re-pot my Calathea Orbifolia?
Orbifolias don’t like being handled too much, so re-pot only when it’s absolutely necessary. As a general rule, re-potting every year or two is a good idea for replenishing the soil environment. If you notice that your plant is growing particularly slowly, this is normally a sign that it’s time to re-pot. Try your best to disturb the roots as little as possible in the process.
Is my Calathea Orbifolia prone to any pests or diseases?
Unfortunately, as Calathea Orbifolia loves warm and damp conditions, this can make it susceptible to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot. Root rot is also something to look out for. Letting the topsoil dry out very slightly is a step that can reduce the chances of disease developing. Also, ensure that you don’t overcrowd your plant as overcrowding can stifle airflow.