3 days ago
Prayer plant/calathea + maranta care 🌱. our first plant from a local nursery was a calathea medallion. matt and i were plant newbies and did just about everything wrong in caring for our calathea. we placed it in bright, indirect sunlight. we gave it zero humidity. we overwatered it, and we used tap water.
the calathea slowly died over the course of a month 😢
the foliage for prayer plants are exquisite. they each have a unique leaf pattern, that looks like it was hand-painted. the leaves also move throughout the day. they’re beautiful, non-toxic plants, but also very finicky if not given the proper environment.
as our plant was dying, i started googling how to take care of a calathea. although care can range depending on the specific species, there are general care guidelines for all prayer plants.
calathea plants/prayer plants are found on the forest floor. the sunlight the receive in nature is dappled light, and it was now my task to recreate those conditions in my apartment. with a large southwest facing window with no buildings or trees blocking the sunlight, this meant moving it ~5-10 feet away from our window.
water was another issue. because they get rain water in their natural environment, they’re sensitive to the additives in our tap water, like chlorine and chlorites. we purchased a water filter to ensure the plant received the water that works best for them. collecting your own rain water works too, along with distilled water.
the final thing i learned about our calathea friends is that they love humidity, and they’re not going to be happy without it.
we now keep a humidifier running at all times. we mist their leaves daily. we even have a pebble tray for a few of them so they get humidity throughout the day. we found that 40% humidity is the minimum for our prayer plants to thrive, but we try to increase that percentage to 60% when possible.
since killing our original calathea, we learned how to care for them and now have 10 prayer plant friends and they are stunning.