Calathea

The group of plants commonly known as prayer plants includes: Ctenanthe, Maranta, Calathea and Stromanthe. This family of houseplants gets its name ‘Prayer’ because light changes will cause the leaves to rise upwards like two hands praying.

Light: they'll do well in low light, but they prefer to be in medium indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this will fade the plant’s color and burn the leaves.Plants that have more colorful leaves will benefit from having more filtered bright light.

Water: Calathea prefer soil that is consistently evenly moist at all times but not soggy. Allow the top inch or so of soil to dry out, at that point, water thoroughly and make sure there is adequate drainage. Use filtered water whenever possible, and make sure your plant is not left in standing water!

Temperature: Household temperatures above 18°C don't put them near draughty doors or windows during the winter months

Humidity: Prayer plants love humidity, and you’ll see the edges of the leaves browning if the air is too dry. A humidifier is the most effective way to raise the moisture level in your home. If you don’t have a humidifier, group your plants together, or place them on top a tray of pebbles and water.

Feed: Use a half strength solution of liquid fertiliser during the growing season.

Top Tips: 

  • Group your prayer plants together so they help each other increase humidity. 
  • Keep your Calathea away from hot and cold air drafts. This includes window breezes, heaters, and air conditioning.
  • Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.
  • Dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize efficiently. 
  • Don’t be startled if you catch your prayer plant moving out of the corner of your eye