Check him once a week and give him a drink if the top inch of soil is dry. He likes his soil gently moist.
He’s a good choice for a room that gets a lot of light. He doesn’t like harsh direct sun, but loves brightness.
A room with moist air, like a bathroom, is a perfect home for him. Or you can mist his leaves to keep them healthy.
You’ll probably notice that his leaves curl up at night. This is a good thing! He folds up at night then unfolds again when the sun comes up.
Calathea network; Zebra plant; Prayer plant
Plant height (including pot)
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Calathea network
You have to get close to really appreciate Calathea network. It’s then that you’ll see the very delicate mosaic pattern on its leaves. You’d have to go all the way to South America or the West Indies to see it up close in the wild. It lives in the partial shade of big trees. As the sun sets, it curls up it’s leaves, then reopens them in the morning to absorb all the sun it can.
If you think about where it’s from, it’s easy to remember how to keep it happy. It likes light that mimics the dappled light in a forest (i.e. not a lot of direct sun, but not total shade). It also loves rainforest-like moisture. So give it a regular misting or pop it in a bright bathroom. Meet those mild demands and it’s a really striking houseplant.
Did you know?
In its native environment, the tough leaves of calathea are used to make everything from rice containers to quivers for arrows.
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