The Calathea orbifolia is a species of tropical plant that is commonly grown indoors. The reason why calatheas are common houseplants is due to their enormous, showy, decorative leaves. Calathea orbifolia plants have large, silvery-green leaves with pronounced dark-colored veins. Although this calathea species grows well at home, there are a few care essentials to help the plant thrive.
How to care for Calathea orbifolia: Growing indoors, Calathea orbifolia thrives in medium indirect light, high humidity, and temperatures ranging between 65°F and 75°F (18°C – 24°C). Grow in well-draining potting soil and keep it moist by watering when the top 1” to 2” (2.5 – 5 cm) of soil dries. Fertilize monthly during the growing season.Your Calathea orbifolia needs to grow in medium to low light, protected from direct sunlight. Calatheas are sensitive to sudden temperature changes. So, keep them away from cold drafts, such as the air-conditioner airflow or open windows. In winter, make sure and keep the orbifolia plant pot far away from radiators. Water Calathea orbifolia as often as the top layer of soil dries out. Orbifolia needs high humidity in order to thrive.
- Light: Bright indirect, dappled
- Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy (distilled/soft water)
- Child/pet safe: Yes