Marantaceae, to which the Calathea also belongs, has plants with special leaves. So does the Calathea. You can recognize the Calathea by its special leaf drawings with different shapes, sizes and colours.
The Calathea is a real shade plant. It grows naturally underneath large plants and trees, and that’s fine with it! The Calathea has its origins in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America.
Taking care of the Calathea
As mentioned above, the Calathea is a shade plant. This means that the Calathea likes to be placed in semi-shade. The plant likes light, but not (in)direct light.
Despite its location with little light, the Calathea is a real water lover. In the summer the Calathea likes to have a sip of water twice a week. Pay attention that the watering is very small. Because of its location, the plant does not drink so quickly.
As soon as autumn is in sight you can scale up the watering to 1x per week.
Propagating the Calathea
Like many other plants you can cut the Calathea by tearing. Take the Calathea out of its pot, shake the soil loose and wash your hands. It is important that your hands are well disinfected, so that you do not transmit bacteria to the Calathea.
Then divide the root ball of the mother plant into several cuttings. A cutting of the Calathea forms the fastest root growth by means of fresh soil. After a few weeks the damage to the roots is repaired, and you can treat the shoots as a full-fledged plant.