Calathea Plants for Sale Online
Calathea Plants, also known as cathedral windows, peacock plants, prayer-plants, or zebra plants, are among the most popular house plants sold today. Their beautiful leaves display bright green, white, red, and cream shades and have unique textures that add interest to any decor. They are easy to care for and a great starter plant for new house plant growers.
Calatheas are beautiful houseplants that can bring a tropical feel to even the smallest apartment or office. The tops of the leaves are often striped, and the undersides typically are a lovely shade of burgundy purple. There are many different varieties of calathea available today.
The Calathea plants' ornate foliage creates a significant impact when placed on tables or desks at home or office. Calatheas can ultimately grow to heights of 2.5 to 3 feet, but they are very slow growers and can live on tabletops for many years without worry. Calatheas are indoor plants and should not be left outside during the late fall through spring. We do not recommend planting calathea outdoors unless you live in zones 11 and 12.
Calathea is part of the Marantaceae family of plants, which is a family of plants from tropical areas of the world, and most are native to Brazil. They are well-known for their broad, colorful leaves. The wide leaves make them very popular for areas of low light. In nature, they are typically found in jungles and at the base of trees.
They have adapted in the wild to thrive in low light, making them perfect for office buildings or apartments with north-facing windows.
Are Calathea Air-Purifying Plants?
Calathea is a top NASA-approved air purifying plant that removes indoor Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, benzene, and other air toxins. You can rest easy when surrounded by calathea that the air your breathing is as clean as it can be.
Tips for growing Calathea
Calatheas prefer to grow in medium to low light, making them perfect as indoor plants. Calatheas do not like the bright sun on their leaves, so place them away from the direct sunlight to prevent sunburn. While Calatheas do prefer moist soil, they do not tolerate wet or saturated soil.
Extended periods of dry soil can result in leaf tips or edges that turn brown. If this does happen, the damaged leaves can easily be removed with a sharp pair of scissors, and they will quickly be replaced.
Well-Drained soil is recommended for Calatheas as they do not like soggy soil. We recommend Espoma Organic Potting Mix. We have found this soil to retain the perfect amount of moisture needed for Calatheas to thrive while allowing excess water to drain.
The best situation for a Calathea is for the pot to be set in a dish on a bed of round gravel. This allows any excess water to drain from the container without letting the bottom of the pot sit in water. Allowing the plant to sit in water is undoubtedly an ingredient for failure with calathea.
Calathea plants enjoy a humid environment. Ideally, they prefer a humidity level of 50 percent or more, with more sensitive varieties requiring higher humidity levels—around 60 percent.
You can increase humidity levels by using a humidifier or placing the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water. The stones will keep the pot from being submerged in water, and the natural evaporation of the water will help keep the air around the plant moist.
As with any living plant, you will need to feed your Calatheas to keep them vibrant and happy. Feed your Calathea plants with a slow-release fertilizer such as Osmocote Plus indoor/outdoor fertilizer in the spring and summer. If you prefer to feed as you water, we recommend Jack's Classic Houseplant special plant food. However, there are endless types of houseplant fertilizers available today, and if you have one, you are comfortable staying consistent.
For more detailed care instructions, please see our Calathea Growing Guide.
Are Calathea Plants Safe For Pets and Children?
Yes, Calathea Plants are safe for Pets by the ASPCA. For other pet-safe plants, visit our collection Pet Safe House Plants. Calathea plants are also non-toxic to children making them a fun and colorful way to introduce children to the world of tropical plants.
Which is the Easiest Calathea for Beginners?
Calathea lancifolia is also known as Rattlesnake Plant. This narrow-leafed calathea is considered by many enthusiasts to be the easiest in the family. Not only is this plant easy, but it's also one of the most colorful of the family.
Why are the leaves of my Calathea Curling?
Calathea leaves curling can be a sign of improper watering (not enough) and is a mechanism the plant uses to reduce water loss. Leaf curling is most commonly due to underwatering, low humidity levels, or excess sunlight, but can also happen due to root damage caused by root rot, overfertilizing, or disease.
Calathea plants like to move their leaves. A healthy Calathea will slowly turn its leaves to catch ambient rays of sunshine and this should not be confused with leaf curling. An unhealthy Calathea will curl its leaves to let you know it's in distress. Once you fix the problem, the leaves will unfurl.
If the leaves are curling here are a few things you can do to help the plant:
Move the plant out of the direct sunlight. Calatheas do not like direct sunlight. Too much sun can permanently damage the leaves. Move the plant away from the window, but make sure that there is still indirect light available to the plant.
Adjust the temperature of the room. Calathea plants do best in temperatures between 60-8°F.
Humidify the environment. A low humidity environment is the most common reason for Calathea leaves to curl.
Adjust your watering habits. Calathea soil should stay moist at all times, but the plant should never be allowed to sit in standing water.
Here is a big one: Switch to distilled water for watering. Treated water is full of salts or other minerals that can be toxic to your Calathea. Consider using bottled water for a healthier plant.