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Calatheas

Calatheas are a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Marantaceae. These tropicals are from Brazil and Colombia and are used to growing in the shade which makes them a great low-light plant. Calatheas have stunning leaf markings with colorful eye-catching veining and patterns. Depending on the variety, they may sport stripes and other markings in shades of green, maroon, pink, purple, or cream. Even the undersides of the leaves have colors that vary from darker greens to purples.
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Once you have a little knowledge about how to care for these plants you will be on your way to being a successful plant parent.

Soil: You’ll want to provide a well-draining, fertile soil. Look for ingredients like compost, pine bark, coco coir, and worm casings. These provide nutrients for your plant and help maintain the right amount of moisture in the soil. Water every 1-2 weeks and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Humidity: For plants to look their best, high humidity is a must for all varieties along with consistent warmth. You may want to consider a humidifier or grouping plants together in a more humid area of the house like the bathroom or kitchen.

Temperature: Like most houseplants, calatheas like tropical temperatures in the 65°F-85°F range (18°C-30°C), similar to their native habitat. These plants don’t like temperatures below 60°F. Move your calathea plant to a slightly sunnier location near a window in winter but avoid direct sunlight. Be careful not to place the plant near drafts.

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