Calathea Burle marxii

Calathea Burle marxii


Calathea Burle marxii or the prayers plant is a fantastic house and relatively easy to care for.

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Botanical Name: Calathea Burle Marxii

Commonly known as : Prayer plant / Fishbone plant


Calathea Burle marxii or the prayers plant is a fantastic house plants and relatively easy to care for.

Calathea Burle marxii care guide

Light Requirements:

Calathea’s generally prefer well lit rooms and indirect sunlight as they are a tropical plant. Over time you will notice that will start growing towards the light source so it’s a good idea to turn them about 25 degrees every week. 

Watering needs:

Calatheas are tropical plants so they do need to be watered regularly.  Try an let the top 2cm of the soil to dry out before watering again. Also try and not keep them muddy which is why the correct soil mix is so important.  Read below regarding soil requirements. 

Humidity requirements:

They can tolerate normal humidity in the house, but they do prefer a little extra humidity, so they will appreciate a misting whenever you have a chance.


As with all plants, fertilizing is very important. These guys will enjoy being fertlized at least every two weeks with a general liquid fertlizer, or a water soluble fertlizer like Multi Booster.


It’s always good practice to upsize the pot once a year and give him a fresh mix. They require a well draining soil mixture that has good moisture retention.
Try and only use a premium potting mix such as the Gromor Potting Soil and but also add in Perlite that will assist with good drainage, plus peat moss and coir husks that will hold in some moisture.

Nice to know:

At night the leaves of the calathea close up and in the day they open up again mimicking praying hands. 

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14cm, 23cm