A brand new shipment of houseplants has landed from Florida and we couldn't help but marvel at the unique Calathea Stella! The contrast of Stella's marbled white and dark green leaves with lilac-lavender undersides makes her one that we will most certainly be adding to our personal houseplant collection.
Calathea is a tropical species that have become extremely popular in the houseplant world! Although they aren't the easiest plants to care for, they are distinguished by their bold markings and gorgeous blends of colours. You may have heard this plant referred to as peacock, rattlesnake, or zebra plant - they have a lot of nicknames in the plant world. A moderately fast-grower, the Calathea Stella is a breathtaking houseplant that will most definitely catch any visitor's eye!
Calathea Stella Care & Maintenance:
- Light: Bright indirect light. Avoid south-facing windows where intense direct sunlight is common. East, West, or North facing windows usually work well. Direct sunlight will cause the leaves to fade and lose their markings.
- Water: Keep soil consistently moist. Once the top inch of soil is dry, you know it is time for water. Crispy leaves are an indicator of an overly dry plant. Ensure adequate drainage to avoid root rot. Room temperature tap water (ideally left overnight to reduce the potential for fluoride toxicity), distilled or rainwater is recommended by most plant enthusiasts.
- Temperature & Humidity: Tropical Calathea appreciates humidity and dislikes extreme temperature changes. To increase the humidity in your space try a pebble tray or position near a humidifier or diffuser. A visit to the kitchen or bathroom for added humidity will also make your Calathea happy!
- Fertilizer: 20-20-20 general purpose houseplant liquid fertilizer monthly during growing months. Stop fertilizer during the winter months.
- Maintenance: Calathea White Fusion foliage is extremely delicate, try to avoid leaf shine spray, wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.
- Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 40-60cm. Calathea is moderately fast growing.