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Plant Care Guide >> Indoor Plants >> Calathea.
Calathea is one of the most attractive species of foliage plants. The handsome leaves are an attraction to indoor plant lovers. Calatheas are closely related to marantas.
Common name:

Calathea, Zebra plant

Botanical Name:





The leaves seem to rise directly from the root. However, they are normally connected to a short stem. The underside is maroon.


Although Calathea develops flowers, they are typically very small and insignificant.


As the plant can tolerate lower light, it is a very good indoor plant.


The soil should be highly organic and well drained.


The plant requires high humidity.


The soil needs to be kept moist at all times. Do not allow the water to stagnate.

Pest and Problems:

The major pests of the plant includes caterpillars, mealybugs, mites, and scales.

Growth habit:

Their height may range from 6 inches to 3 feet tall. The foliage varies in color; some have rose, yellow, olive or white leaves.


Fertilize every two months and do not over fertilize.


There is no need to prune this plant, however, brown leaf edges can be cut away with scissors.


Calatheas are produced by divisions or tip cuttings, with nodes to form the roots.

Special Care:

Repotting needs to be done annually for the plant to grow well.

Landscaping Use:

They may be grown outdoors in the garden or as container specimens kept on the moist side.

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