They are known for their wide, green, colourful leaves the are often variegated with bright colours such as pink, orange, red and white. During night time the leaves fold up in the morning the leaves will unfurl In search of the morning sun
Light: Low to moderate light. Bright light may cause the leaves to drop.
Water: water when soil is 50% or more dry
Soil: well draining tropical or potting mix
Humidity: high humidity 50% or more
Feeding: monthly feeding of balanced fertilizer during growing season
Toxicity: pet friendly
Low humidity and underwatering can cause brown leaves, either in patches or at the edges. Overfertilization can turn the tips brown. Please mist your calathea when the lights are off.
Calatheas can be a great choice for vivarium use. Their leaves can make a great perch and provide shelter for your vivarium inhabitants to create potential egg-laying spots for a variety of poison dart frogs. They should be planted in the substrate and will grow quite tall, so keep this in mind when planting it in your tropical vivarium.