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Calathea Ornata or Pin Stripe Calathea is a tropical houseplant most well-known for its bright, uniquely patterned, and intense foliage.
The striking contrast of the thin pink stripes 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.
Ideal care for the Ornata Calathea includes medium to bright indirect light and moist soil. This plant does like to dry slightly between each watering, though, and it is best to use distilled water over tap water. Your plant will also benefit from applying a well-balanced houseplant fertilizer in the growing months of spring and summer.
While your indoor plant is tolerant of wet roots, it prefers not to be heavily saturated and enjoys a well-draining potting mix. When you re-pot your Calathea ornata from its nursery pot, select a planter with a drainage hole to protect your plant from root rot.
Originating from the tropical climate of South America, Calathea plants grow best in high humidity levels. We recommend regular misting twice weekly or using a pebble tray to boost moisture levels to increase your tropical plant's humidity levels.
As a member of the Prayer Plant family, you can be easily entertained by how the Calathea Ornata foliage moves with the direction of the light. This plants' pink and green foliage makes for a fun statement piece to a space and will surely add to a home's overall aesthetic.
|10 to 16 Inches
|Fluorescent to bright, indirect
|Does not flower
|Dark green with white strips with pinkish hue
|Likes to dry out between watering
|Excellent indoors in offices or low light areas
How to Care for Calathea Ornata
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
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.