Life Lived Inside: Calathea Care Tips
Some people have very strong opinions about Calatheas, many of which are negative, but we're here to change your mind. Calatheas are gorgeous, tropical plants that feature a rainbow of colors and intricate leaf patterns. Yes, they require higher humidity and consistent watering, but something as beautiful as a Calathea deserves your attention. And don't let social media trick you, some varieties are rather easy-going—Rattlesnakes, Peacocks, Pinstripes, Burle Marxiis, and Freddies to name a few. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your Calatheas happy and healthy.
Light: Medium to bright indirect, brighter light is best since it allows the plant to conduct photosynthesis more easily.
Water: Calatheas need consistency with watering, and since the environment can really dictate when to water, we always recommend checking the first few inches of soil beforehand. If those first few inches are slightly moist but almost dry, give your Calathea a drink. After a while, the plant should adapt and it'll be easier to maintain consistency.
Humidity: Calatheas like higher humidity, we recommend keeping it above 65%. Watch our Five Ways to Increase Humidity Reel for more tips.
Pets: The best part about Calatheas? They're non-toxic! So if you have curious cuties or hungry puppies, no need to fret if your place is filled with Calatheas.
Fungicide Isn't Fun: Teaching Tuesday | July 5, 2022
It’s summertime, which means houseplants (especially those that spend time outside during the warmer months) are more susceptible to fungus due to hot temps and high humidity.
So for Teaching Tuesday, we’re demonstrated how to use a fungicide, specifically Ready-to-Use Organic Copper Soap by Fertilome. Click the image below to watch the Reel to learn how, where and when to apply; it’s super easy!
What questions do you have about fungi or fungicide? Let us know!