Maranta & Calathea Ornata
Posted: Jun 09 2017
The Calathea Ornata is a perennial plant from the Maranta family. Its also known as the Prayer Plant. Native to South America, they are known for their large leaves that have distinctive patterns and colours and grow up to 60cm high and wide.
They like bright indirect light, direct sunlight will burn their leaves and you'll loose the vibrant colours.
They like to sit in moist soil, but not at all soggy. Let the top 5cm or so of soil dry out before watering again.The leaves can be affected by the chemicals in the water you use to water the plant with. If your water is very hard or soft, its best to use rain water or distilled water.
Best kept between 15 and 25 degrees. Keep in a humid space. To increase the humidity you could try placing plants close together, spraying daily with a mister in summer or using a humidifier nearby.
If you need to re-pot your Calathea/Maranta, use free draining, moisture-retaining soil.