Calatheas, who can resist them? With leaves like a painter's palette, these plants come in all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes. The most popular varieties are the Rattlesnake, Medallion, Peacock and Pinstripe, but they're all sight to be seen! Plus, with air-purifying superpowers, Calatheas bring both beauty and freshness to your space.

  • Safe for pets and children
  • Repot once every 2 years
  • Fertilize every every other week
  • Partial light or shade
  • Requires frequent watering

About the Calathea


The Calathea is originally from Brazil and neighbouring countries. The Calathea plant species actually belong to the family of the Marantaceae. This plant is well-known for its variety of impressive leaves - there are even Calatheas with silvery looking leaves! Another fun fact; because its leaves are rather firm, they are widely used as packaging material by locals in their native regions. It's even common to see fresh fish wrapped in a Calathea leaf! Your Calathea at home would prefer if you didn't do that though...

Air Purification

The Calathea excels in the field of air purification. Partly due to its many large leaves, this houseplant is very good at converting CO2 into oxygen and purifying the air. So, it's a plant with a story - and a skill to boot!


Sweet! The Calathea is not toxic to humans or animals.

Caring for a Calathea


The Calathea is originally from the Brazilian rainforest, and therefore is used to tropical conditions. This means it thrives in an environment with high humidity and regular water. However, the plant does not like it if it's constantly standing with its feet in the water, and who would! So be careful not to leave a layer of water at the bottom of the pot. Keep your Calathea's soil slightly moist and provide a regular boost in humidity, and it'll do juuust fine.

Lighting and Placement

Place the Calathea in a spot that gets good light, but not directly in the sun. This houseplant is very sensitive to an excess of sunlight, and will soon get brown leaves if it's getting too much. In the tropical rainforest, the Calathea is used to surviving under the canopy of large trees, where there's little to no sunlight. A few feet away from a window on the East or West is a good place for the Calathea, but ideally this plant is placed in front of a window facing North. Avoid any drafts as these plants prefer warmer climates!


In the summer, it may be good to give some plant nutrition once every two weeks. This is totally unnecessary in winter, however, because Calatheas are in hibernation mode. Feeding in winter can even have negative consequences because the plant can't get absorb of all those nutrients.


To ensure optimal growth, repot your Calathea into a larger pot every two years. Over time, the nutrients in the potting soil deplete, hindering the plant's health and growth. Refreshing the soil provides essential nutrients for your Calathea to thrive!

Pruning and Flowering

Calatheas are renowned for their distinctive leaves, each with a unique pattern. While these stylish and colourful leaves add to the plant's allure, they are sensitive to anything and everything... making them prone to browning or curling. Prune any damaged leaves, typically caused by excessive sun or insufficient watering, to maintain the plant's health and beauty.

Calathea SOS


Calatheas, accustomed to high humidity, may succumb to pests, particularly during winter when indoor heating reduces moisture levels. Spider mites are common uninvited guests. Regularly misting the plant can deter pests and maintain optimal humidity levels, preventing infestations!

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