A South American prayer plant kept for its clean, designer-quality foliage, Orbifolia is one of the largest Calatheas. Its bold oval leaves can grow over a foot across – it makes a classic statement plant.
Scientific Name: Calathea orbifolia ( Now officially Goeppertia orbifolia)
Light Requirements: Medium, filtered light
Watering: Maintain moist soil with regular watering, but do not let the soil become soggy. Use filtered, distilled or rainwater ideally.
Soil: Well draining potting mix. A good mix is two parts peat/coir and one part perlite.
Temperature: 65°F (18°C) to 75ºF (24ºC)
Fertilizer: Monthly while actively growing with 1/4 strength. Flush the soil several times per year.
Humidity: Needs high humidity to keep foliage looking well.
Pruning: Minimal pruning requirements. Prune old or yellowed leaves.
Propagation: Propagate by division in late spring/early summer. Can be tricky.
Re-Potting: Calathea orbifolia doesn’t like to be repotted too often. Only once root-bound.
Diseases and Pests: Damp conditions can promote fungus, powdery mildew & leaf-spot, but their most deadly vulnerability is root rot. Thrips and other leaf suckers can present at times.
Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and animals.
SIZE: 10x12cm Nursery Pot, Height Approx. 40cm