Plant of the month

This month, we’re excited to place the spotlight on a plant that gives us ultimate jungle vibes. With its big, round, floppy leaves adorned with a two-shaded stripe pattern, it’s a true showstopper. No need to guess any longer, our brand-new plant of the month is the Calathea Orbifolia. These big, beautiful leaves are loved by many plant enthusiasts and have become popular ornamental statement pieces in urban jungles everywhere. Whether your home is boho minimalist or a thriving jungle, this plant radiates charm across any room. And for the entire month of July, you can shop this botanical beauty with a special discount!

Fun Fact! Did you know that Calathea Orbifolia boasts leaves that can grow over 30 centimeters in length? The plant itself can reach impressive dimensions, stretching over 90 centimeters in height and 60 centimeters in width.

Calathea Orbifolia

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The Calathea Orbifolia belongs to the Marantaceae family, commonly known as prayer plants. This name comes from their unique ability to move their leaves in response to light changes, opening them during the day and closing them at night. Native to the tropical rainforests of South America, the Orbifolia was discovered by German botanist Heinrich Göppert. Initially named ‘Goeppertia orbifolia’ in his honour, the species was later categorised under the Calathea family, earning it the name Calathea Orbifolia.

Care guide

Calatheas have earned the nickname ‘Dramathea’ due to their dramatic reactions when not cared for properly. With our care guide, your Dramathea will transform into a thriving Calathea in no time. Let’s dive into how to care for this beauty!

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Light

The Calathea Orbifolia has sensitive foliage, like most Calatheas. It thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Keep a close eye on any scorching that might appear and take precautions by moving it further away from hot windowsills or hanging sheer curtains to protect it from sunburn.

Soil Mix

The roots of the Calathea are delicate, making it crucial to use the right potting soil. The soil mix should retain moisture, drain well, and be lightweight to support root development. We recommend a potting mix with equal parts coconut fibre, perlite, and vermiculite.

Fun Fact! The Orbifolia can produce white or yellow flowers during the summer when thriving. If your plant blooms, give yourself a pat on the back for excellent care!

Water

Watering can be tricky. Calathea-related problems often stem from incorrect watering. While they like moist soil, they are sensitive to soggy conditions. It’s best to use filtered or distilled water to avoid high lime content. Water from the top when the soil feels dry, and ensure any excess water drains from the pot. Alternatively, you can bottom water by placing the nursery pot in a bowl of water for 10-15 minutes, then letting excess water drain. Alternate between top and bottom watering to prevent salt build-up.

Temperature and Humidity

This tropical beauty prefers temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius. The ideal humidity is 60% or higher. While it can survive at 50% humidity, it won’t thrive. A humidifier can help maintain the right environment.

Propagating

The Calathea can be propagated through division. Instead of taking cuttings from the plant and having these grow separately from each other, you propagate the Orbifolia by dividing the plant into 2 or more pieces. The advantage is that all the separate pieces have a root system if you do this correctly, but it can take some energy from your Calathea Orbifolia to recover from this method. If you are up for the challenge of nurturing the separate propagations back to health, here is how you can propagate your Calathea through division.

Step 1

Remove as much soil from the root ball as possible. You will be left with lots of intertwined roots, stems, and leaves.

Step 2

Choose which parts you would like to divide from each other. You can gently pull the pieces apart, trying to save as much of the roots as you can by untangling them. Some roots will snap, but that is normal. Just make sure to prevent it as much as possible. If some roots are attached to multiple pieces, you can cut them with clean shears.

Step 3

Now it’s time to plant the divisions in a fresh potting mix. Since you already have plants with established roots, you can care for them as you normally would, just with a little bit of extra love and attention to make them thrive separately.

Buy Calathea Orbifolia online

And with that, you now know everything you need to know about the Calathea Orbifolia. Will you be adopting one? You can choose the cutest version of them all, with the baby Calathea Orbofolia. Or would you rather start off with an established plant? That is no problem with our medium version of the Calathea Orbifolia. No matter which one you go for, you are ensured ultimate jungle vibes straight in your very own urban jungle. Not to forget that discount we mentioned prior in the text!