Things You Should Know Before Buying A Calathea


Hey there, plant lovers! So, you’re thinking of bringing home a stunning Calathea, huh?

Well, let me tell ya, these leafy wonders are a whole different ballgame compared to your run-of-the-mill houseplants.

Believe me, they’re like the mysterious, enigmatic characters in a gripping novel, full of surprises and demands. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs, because I’ve got your back!

In this blog post, we’re gonna dive deep into the world of Calathea and uncover all the juicy deets you need to know before taking the plunge. It’s gonna be a wild ride, filled with twists, turns, and jaw-dropping revelations.

So buckle up, folks, and prepare for a plant adventure like no other!

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In today’s video, Kaylee is going to talk about things to know before buying a Calathea, also known as the Calathea Thea kit.

She will be sharing some tips and tricks to consider before buying a Calathea.

These are things that she has found helpful in her own experience with Calathea plants.

The first thing to know is that Calathea plants are native to rainforests, so they thrive in humid and warm environments with dappled light.

To recreate these conditions at home, it is important to monitor the humidity and temperature levels.

Kaylee recommends using a thermometer and humidity meter to ensure the humidity is above 40% and the temperature is no lower than 17 degrees Celsius.

If the humidity in your home is lower than 40%, she suggests using a humidifier to increase the humidity levels.

There are many options for humidifiers available, ranging in size, functionality, and price.

Alternatively, using a spray bottle can also help create a microclimate of humidity around the plant.

When it comes to watering the Calathea, it is best to use distilled or filtered water as they prefer rainwater in their natural habitat.

Kaylee recommends using a Brita filter or any other type of water filter to remove impurities from tap water.

It is important to keep the water at room temperature or above, as cold water can shock the plant’s root system.

To determine when to water the plant, Kaylee suggests using a watering probe. This device can measure the moisture level in the soil and indicate when it’s time to water.

It is important to water the plant when the moisture level is in the red zone of the watering probe.

She advises against repotting the Calathea immediately after bringing it home, as the plant needs time to adjust to its new surroundings.

If you do choose to repot, she recommends using plastic nursery pots rather than terracotta pots, as terracotta can leach moisture from the soil.

Lastly, Kaylee encourages thorough research on the specific type of Calathea you have or plan to buy, as different varieties may have different care requirements.

Some Calathea varieties may be more high-maintenance than others.

FAQ:

Q: What are some things to know before buying a Calathea?
A: Before buying a Calathea, it’s important to consider the plant’s preferred habitat, which is a rainforest environment. Recreating these conditions in your home, such as providing high humidity and dappled light, will help the plant thrive.

Q: What should I do if the humidity in my home is lower than 40%?
A: If the humidity in your home is low, it is recommended to use a humidifier to increase the humidity levels. There are various options available, ranging in size and functionality.

Q: Can I use a spray bottle to increase humidity around the plant?
A: Yes, using a spray bottle to mist the leaves of the Calathea in the morning can help create a microclimate of humidity around the plant. However, it is not as effective as a humidifier.

Q: Should I use distilled or filtered water to water my Calathea?
A: Yes, it is recommended to use distilled or filtered water for watering your Calathea. This removes impurities and mimics the rainwater that the plant receives in its natural habitat.

Q: How can I determine when to water my Calathea?
A: Using a watering probe, you can measure the moisture level in the soil. Water the plant when the moisture level indicated by the probe reaches the red zone.

Q: Should I repot my Calathea when I bring it home?
A: It’s generally advisable not to repot your Calathea immediately after bringing it home. Give the plant some time to adjust to its new environment, as it can be stressful.

Q: What type of pot should I use for my Calathea?
A: It is recommended to use the plastic nursery pot that the Calathea comes in rather than repotting it into a different pot. If you prefer the aesthetics of a terracotta pot, you can keep the nursery pot inside the terracotta pot.

Q: Are all Calathea varieties the same in terms of care?
A: No, different Calathea varieties may have different care requirements. It’s important to research and understand the specific needs of the Calathea variety you have or plan on purchasing.

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I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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