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Calathea plants are known for their vibrant, patterned leaves and are popular choices for indoor plant enthusiasts. Here are general care guidelines to help you maintain a healthy and thriving Calathea:

1. **Light Requirements**:
   - Calathea plants prefer bright, indirect light. They thrive in locations with filtered sunlight or dappled shade. Avoid direct sunlight, especially intense afternoon sun, as it can scorch the leaves. In lower light conditions, Calathea growth may slow down, and the vibrant leaf colors may fade.

2. **Temperature and Humidity**:
   - Calathea plants prefer temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. They also appreciate high humidity levels. Aim to maintain humidity around 50-60% or higher. Regular misting, using a humidity tray, or placing a small humidifier nearby can help achieve this.

3. **Watering**:
   - Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Calathea when the top inch of soil feels dry. Use room temperature water and ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Reduce watering in winter when growth slows down.

4. **Soil**:
   - Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix formulated for tropical plants or a blend of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well. Good drainage is essential to prevent standing water around the roots.

5. **Fertilizing**:
   - Feed your Calathea every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilizing in fall and winter when growth slows down.

6. **Humidity**:
   - Calathea plants thrive in high humidity environments. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidity tray with water and pebbles, or placing a small humidifier nearby.

7. **Pruning and Cleaning**:
   - Trim any yellow or dead leaves with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to maintain plant health and appearance. Clean the leaves occasionally with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and improve photosynthesis.

8. **Pest Control**:
   - Inspect your Calathea regularly for pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil, ensuring to cover both the upper and lower leaf surfaces.

9. **Potting and Repotting**:
   - Repot your Calathea every 1-2 years in spring if it has outgrown its pot. Choose a pot slightly larger than the current one and refresh the potting mix to maintain soil quality.

10. **Environmental Considerations**:
    - Protect your Calathea from drafts, sudden temperature fluctuations, and cold drafts. It thrives in stable conditions with consistent temperature and humidity levels.

By following these care tips, you can create an optimal environment for your Calathea to thrive and showcase its beautiful foliage. With proper care, Calathea plants can be rewarding indoor companions, adding color and texture to your living space.

Calathea 'White Star'

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