Most urban dwellers know the scuffle of finding the perfect plant that not only adds greenery to your indoor space but also flourish within the condition that we can provide for it. Beautiful foliage plants often have limited light requirements, high humidity and moderate temperature between 65-85°F.
No doubt, Calathea Ornata is fussy plant but with little care, your plant can thrive indoor, you will be able to grow a prayer plant that will provide you with beauty and enjoyment for years to come
Right or correct pronunciation of Calathea Ornata is ( kaLAY- thee-uh or -NAN-tuh) .
Calathea is Greek word which means “Basket”, while Ornata is Latin word meaning “Adorn”.
Basically Calathea Ornata referring to the shape of flowers and dashing appearance of the plant.
Calathea is a tropical plant, which sports glossy bands or loops of color.
These plants commonly have attractive leaves with colorful pattern on the side along with red, pink and purple underside or foundation, although this can extend depending on particular variety and growing position or situation.
- Nickname of Calathea Ornata:
Most common nickname of the Calathea Ornata is “Pinstripe plants”. Some other popular names are as follow:
- Zebra plant
- Peacock plant
- Cathedral plant
- Prayer plant
- Why Calathea Ornata known as Prayer Plant?
Calathea Ornata is a member of Marantaceae family. The daily movement of the plant leaves is known as nyctinasty. Numerous plants in this family, move their leaves up at night time, and lower them in daytime.
It is believed that these movement are meant to follow the movement of the sun in the sky, as their leaves are rise or fall as the sun rises and sets, that’s why Calathea Ornate known as Prayer Plant.
- Category of Calathea Ornata:
Calathea Ornata or Zebra plant is a genus of flowering plant or perennial belonging to Marantaceae or Arrowroot family.
There are over 300 different kinds of plant or Pinstripe plants with multiple mixture or blend and frequently cultivated species around the world.
Often, This plants are cultivated for indoor use having gorgeous leaves. Because it is mostly famous as houseplant.
This bold and pleasing houseplant, looks good even without flowers. There are lots of variety of Calathea but one of the most common is “Luscious” , dark green leaves that have scalloped edges or silver brush marks on the crest of the leaves. Calathea is known as living plant as they Open or close their leaves in the night or morning.
The pinstripe plant grows in Amazon rain forest in South Africa, Brazil and Peru because they are tropical region.
It grows well in these area as these plants likes warmth area or moderate temperature.
- Here are some famous types of Calathea plants to grow:
Here are some popular kinds of Calathea Ornata, which is commonly cultivated for indoor use or decorations.
Scientific name: Calathea roseopicta Dottie.
Dottie has dark green leaves which almost looks black with fuschia pink lines on each leaf.
Keep it in blazing or indirect sunlight, mist evenly to sustain humidity.
Scientific name: Calathea roseopicta Rosey Rosey features with large oval shape leaves with green boundary and pink center with purple underneath that folds or double up during night.
Calathea Rosey is a stand out plant which needs proper amount of water, humidity and rich soil for standard growth. ➢
Scientific name: Calathea Warscewiczii
It thrive in lance shaped, velvety dark green leaves with light green sides or borderlines. This plant will flourish in humid condition. So humidity is very mandatory for it’s quality growth.
This houseplant will flourish or thrive indoor with minimal care, it is one of the Calathea Plant which grow well in pot. This plant require plenty of water 1-2 times in a week.
Scientific name: Calathea musaica ‘PP0005’
This impressive textured cultivars has colorful small or tiny green leaves.
This houseplant will flourish or thrive in dazzling or indirect sunlight, so it is ideal for keeping it behind the window. It is also consider to be the member of prayer plant family Because its leaves fold up in the night.
Scientific name: Calathea zebrina
Zebra plant which usually grows indoor, it belongs to Brazilian family or Acanthus family. It is loved for its large size unique dark green leaves striped with white veins. Their bright flowers looks very pretty, which blooms mostly in Summer and start of Autumn.
Because of the tropical plant, zebra plant mostly refers to warm climate, it do well in 70° F indoor temperature. Zebra plant is slow-growing plant, but with a little care it can flourish.
Scientific name: Calathea Ornate
Pin-stripe or Calathea Ornate is a houseplant, belonging to Maranta or Prayer Plant family. It is cultivated in temperate countries as a houseplant. It has beautiful or gorgeous oval, dark olive green leaves and countless pinstripe in vivid pink.
It needs proper care for thrive indoor, like rich soil, sufficient amount of water and humidity. It doesn’t need direct sunlight, so avoid from sunlight and keep it in indirect sunlight.
It’s beautiful but fussy plant as well difficult to care for at times.
- Exciting benefits of prayer plant:
Prayer Plant or Calathea Ornata is a houseplant, it is used as artistic plant or piece for home decoration. As we know that these plants need a bit of more care or attention as compared to other houseplants. Like indirect sunlight, rich soil, regular misting etc.
This kind of plant care can help you to access the healthy benefits of plants. Such as:
- It will lower stress level
- It will help to improve your mood
- Prayer Plant are great air-purifiers
- If you keep or place this plant in your bedroom, you will feel refreshing in the morning.
- Care of this plant will help to keep your mind busy, which will give you superior mental clarity.
- Some key tips to Care for Calathea Ornata:
Here are some important key tips to thrive your Calathea Ornata indoor. These tips include:
- Light condition
This prayer plant sports plenty of humidity, but some varieties can handle lower level of humidity. Ideally this plants require 50 percent humidity level, while some sensitive varieties needs higher humidity level like 60 percent. Because this plant is a tropical plant, and enjoys humidity. So Its important to mist the leaves twice in a week with room temperature. Water can help to maintain appropriate moisture level, consider placing this plant in a room or place which is naturally more humid, ideal place for Calathea Ornata is kitchen and bathroom, where it have plenty of access to humid condition.
Humidity level can be increase by using humidifier or by placing their pot or container over a tray filled with pebbles and water.
Natural evaporation of the water will help to keep the air moist around the plant. Some varieties prefer being misted, but one thing you should take care about is not to mist them directly on the top or peak of the leave, spray from bottom up, it will thrive or grow Calathea Ornate.
➢ Light Condition:
After bringing Calathea to home, the very first question that disturb anyone is that where to place your plant?
Calathea is a houseplant, which require bright or dazzling light to flourish.
Be careful, to avoid too much direct sunlight, otherwise the plant leaves will fade or burn. Prayer Plant will grow well in humid condition and plenty of indirect or bright sunlight, which will also keep its leaves glossy or shinny and pink strips vibrant.
This is require between 6-8 hours of light. If you notice that the leaves of the prayer plant show signs of burning or fading, move the plant to shadier area, away from direct sunlight.
➢ Water requirement:
The best care tip for watering prayer plant is not to let the soil become muddy or too dry. Too much moisture in the soil can lead to several fungal and bacterial disease. If the soil completely dries out, you see that the leaves become fade or droop and begin to become wrinkly.
Some signs of spider mites are:
- Yellowing leaves
Most common treatment for the spider mites is neem oil or you might prefer scent Mite-X indoor that smells of cloves.
Zebra plant is a tropical plant, it will thrive in warm temperature. Room temperature will be adequate for the pinstripe plant as it doesn’t do well in cold or freezing temperature, if temperature drop below 69°F leaves will start yellowing or dry and plant will eventually wilt. This plant can survive in diverse temperature condition.
Ideal temperature for pinstripe plant is between 65-85°F or 12-15°C.
The plant leaves will curl or fold when the temperature is too hot.
Most common disease can be found on pinstripe plant can be bacterial or fungal disease. Some of them are cucumber mosaic, root rot, fusarium, psuedomonas blight etc. These usually show up patch on leaves.
Best treatment for these patches are cut off the affected leaves as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading.
Calathea Ornata is a houseplant that enjoys humidity and moistened condition which can thrive it well.
Ideal size of Calathea is 3-9 feet in wild.
If some leaves of the Calathea are in quite bad condition, then instead of trying to save most of the leafs or just ignoring the issue. It’s better to cut off the whole leaf off so that plant can focus on New growing leaves.
The only pruning Calathea requires is to cut off the yellow or crispy leaves.
➢ Fertilizer or feeding:
The jungle plant needs to feed 1-2 weeks during it’s growing season with all balanced fertilizer 10/10/10 on the NPK ratio (Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium). However be careful about that you feed your prayer plant only it’s growing season. Slash the fertilizer completely in winter.
Calathea is difficult to propagate, if you want to propagate then division method is the best method. You can propagate jungle plant at the time of repotting. You can leniently divide the plant where it has generated it’s own natural separation in the roots.
Calathea is a fussy plant but it has fragile leaves also, so you should be as gentle as possible to prevent harm to the roots.
its take 2-4 weeks to settle in the new pot or container and start to show new growth.
After repotting or propagation your plant needs more care, which includes light weight soil, well-draining mix, bright or indirect sunlight, sufficient amount of water or moisturizer.
When propagate your Calathea by dividing method, make sure to divide by section of roots and section of plants. Prayer Plant can not be propagate successfully by leaf cutting.
➢Problems with Calathea , Causes and their solution:
leaf tips Cause: low level of humidity, under-watering, overwatering, mineral build up in the soil.
Solution: Avoid this plant from underwatering, overwatering, and also careful for feeding.
Problem: Faded leaves
Cause: too much direct sunlight or not enough sunlight. Solution: Move your plant to shaded area or behind the window curtains. Because it need indirect sunlight.
Always fit gradually to high light.
Problem: Drooping leaves
Causes: under and overwatering, lack of light, low humidity, and temperature stress.
Solution: Avoid over and under feeding, increase humidity, need indirect light.
Problem: Yellowing leaves
Causes: Rapid change in temperature, insufficient light, low air humidity and exposed to drafts and fungal infection. Solution: Be careful about feeding your Calathea, avoid overwatering, avoid direct too much sunlight.
Problem: Curling leaves
Causes: over watering, thirst and cold temperature. Solution: Warm temperature and sufficient soil moisture can solve this problem.
The Calathea Ornata can be fussy, but once you stick to these guidelines you should be better prepared to take care of it. These guidelines will at least help you to recognize signs and offer solutions to help you keep your Calathea healthy and help it thrive.
Note this points
- Keep the soil moist.
- Keep the plants in a humid environment.
- Give the plant bright, indirect sunlight.
- Plant it in soil that retains water well, but allows air to get to the roots.
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