Plant of the month:
Calathea White Fusion
This true art piece couldn’t have earned its spot more. The Calathea White Fusion has leaves with a variety of green, pink and lilac. You can imagine that it is quite the eyecatcher and that many PLNTSlovers have fallen for these looks. She is a prayer plant, which means she holds up her leaves differently when the light changes around her. She will pose differently from day to night, which shows off every inch of her gorgeous leaves.
- Fun fact! Did you know that prayer plants are seen as a symbol for new beginnings? That makes her a perfect gift for people that go through major changes in their lives, pretty cool right?
This plant doesn’t occur naturally, it appeared in a nursery in 2007. The plants were stabilized and started to sell in 2013. You can imagine that with such a special back story that this species is more rare than other Calathea species, like the Calathea Makoyana or Calathea Ornata.
Calathea White Fusion
This stunner of a plant will be happiest on a spot with bright indirect light. Even though Calathea are called shadow plants, that doesn’t mean they will thrive on the darkest spots in your urban jungle. Place the White fusion near an east or west facing window. Too much light will result negatively in her artsy foliage and too little light will slow down growth. So it is very important to provide her with just enough.
- Expert tip! Fill up your watering can with tap water at least 24 hours before you would like to use it. By leaving it out there, some of the harsh components that your plants do not love will evaporate. This does not fix the problem entirely, but it does certainly help.
As some PLNTSparents already know Calathea to be quite dramatic at times, the White Fusion has the same character as her relatives. This dramatic behavior mostly comes forward out of the watering schedule and the type of water you provide your Calathea with. That is why your watering schedule should be on point with these plant species, or risk those ornamental leaves turning brown and crispy. Make sure your Calathea’s soil doesn’t dry out completely between waterings. Stick your finger in the soil regularly to check up on her.
- Expert tip! If you would like to prevent your Calathea White Fusion from getting those brown crispy leaves, you might want to provide them with filtered water or water without any chlorine in it
As a base you can use our organic potting soil. Add substrates like french bark and perlite to make it nice and airy. This will make your White Fusion most comfortable. As for the overall environment, you can keep the temperature between 15 and 26 degrees. The Calathea White Fusion does prefer a rather high humidity, between 75 and 85%. You might want to place her in a closed greenhouse or give her a personal humidifier.
- Expert Tip! Not only for Calatheas, but pretty much for every plant we recommend using a pot with drainage holes. This will make sure the excess water can drain from the pot.
Calathea White Fusion
Have you been growing your Calathea White Fusion successfully and are you ready to propagate it into multiple plants? You can achieve this by division.
Take your Calathea White Fusion out of the pot and remove as much soil as you can.
Start to untangle the roots, be gente, but don’t worry too much if some roots break. She will be totally okay!
Now the soil has been removed, you should be able to see what parts of the plant can be separated from each other. It might be necessary to cut some roots to be able to get it fully separated from the mother plant.
Now you can plant the mother plant and your propagated plant into a new pot with fresh soil. And there you have a brand new Calathea White Fusion!
Fun fact! The leaves of the Calathea White Fusion can become up to 40 centimeters in length.
Frequently asked questions
about Calathea White Fusion
What are the common problems with the Calathea White Fusion?
Anything that has to do with water. As mentioned, water is something that the Calathea White Fusion can be fussy about. Overwatering might cause dark crispy leaves, underwatering might cause her leaves to droop down. These signs should be taken seriously if you want your Calathea White Fusion to thrive!
What does an underwatered Calathea White Fusion look like?
You will notice dropping leaves and they might also curl up and wilt.
How do I know if my Calathea White fusion needs water?
You can water your Calathea White Fusion whenever the top of the soil feels dry. This will maintain a soil that is constantly moist. Also make sure that excess water can drain from the pot to prevent overwatering and root rot.
Do I have to mist my Calathea White Fusion?
To mist or not to mist, is always the question. Misting your plant brings benefits, but can also leave water markings. You can mist your Calathea White Fusion on the regular, but be careful with the delicate white part of the plant. It is also always a good idea to place her near a humidifier, which will continuously mist your plant for you!
How do I keep my Calathea White Fusion happy?
You can follow our care guide to provide her with the right care. She would also love her leaves to be wiped down regularly, since they can collect quite a bit of dust there.
What are the most common pests on the Calathea White Fusion?
Unfortunately, the Calathea White Fusion is pretty attractive for pests. You have to keep an eye on spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, scale and thrips. A regular plant inspection with a magnifying glass might be a very good idea for this pretty plant.
Buy Calathea White Fusion
Are you sold on the Calathea White Fusion? We totally get why, her looks are very enchanting! Will you be adopting the cutest version out of these, the Baby Calathea White fusion? Or will you be going for something a bit more bold, by adopting a medium sized Calathea White Fusion? We promise that for both sizes her looks will amaze you!