Calathea ornata for Sale Online
Calathea ornata or Pinstripe Calathea, also known as Pinstripe Prayer Plant, is a tropical house plant most well-known for its bright, intense foliage. The striking contrast of the delicate pink pinstripes against glossy dark green leaves creates an almost hand-painted effect. The unique foliage is slender and oval-shaped with dark purple undersides and is safe for cats and dogs, according to the ASPCA Plant Toxicity List.
Pinstripe Calathea does especially well in low-light areas and likes to dry slightly between watering. When you re-pot your Calathea ornata from its nursery pot, be sure to select a planter with a drainage hole. While it is tolerant of wet roots, it prefers not to be saturated. Calathea benefits from regular mistings, twice weekly, as its natural environment is high in humidity. It is part of the Marantaceae family, and likes bright, indirect light at most, as the colors will fade and the leaves will burn if exposed to too much direct light.
Calathea ornata is a stunning statement for every home and one of the most coveted houseplants of the year. For more information on how to care for your Calathea, read our blog: Make a Statement with This Tropical Houseplant.
|Mature Height:||2 Feet|
|Mature Width:||10 to 16 Inches|
|Sunlight:||Fluorescent to bright, indirect|
|Flower Color:||Does not flower|
|Foliage:||Dark green with white strips with pinkish hue|
|Soil Condition:||Well draining|
|Water Requirements:||Likes to dry out between watering|
|Uses:||Excellent indoors in offices or low light areas|
How to Care for Calathea ornata
Before you buy a Pinstripe Calathea ornata, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
What type of light is right for my Calathea ornata?
Pinstripe Calathea ornata plants do well with bright, indirect light. An eastern or northern facing window would be ideal. A western or southern window would work, as long as a curtain or blind prevents direct light from touching the foliage. Its delicate leaves will burn and lose color if exposed to too much light. This plant also performs well without any bright indirect light, and just fluorescent light.
How much water does my Calathea ornata need?
Calathea ornata's natural environment is high in humidity. As a houseplant, it likes to dry out occasionally between watering. They will tolerate staying moist, but prefer not to have constantly wet soil. When you repot your plant, be sure to choose a pot with adequate drainage. Regular misting or placing your Pinstripe plant in a window in the kitchen or the bathroom would suffice.
How do I fertilize my Calathea ornata?
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Pinstripe Calathea. Jack’s Classic Houseplant Special Fertilizer works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. It’s important to make sure the plant has been watered recently before using a water based fertilizer. With Calathea ornata, it can be useful to dilute your regular fertilizer by 3/4 to 1/2 strength to avoid the brown edges.
What type of soil is best for Calathea ornata?
Pinstripe Calathea needs a very well draining soil, and prefer to have slightly dry conditions. Regular potting mix or potting mix with sand mixed in works well for plants potted in containers. Calathea ornata likes to be root bound.