Botanical Name: Calathea Illustris
Commonly known as : Prayer plant
Calathea Illustris Care Guide
These plants do well in bright environments. Avoid any sunlight as this will burn their very tender leaves. If you see their leaves curl up quickly you know that they have perhaps received too much sun, even if it’s from a a window.
Calatheas do enjoy being kept evenly moist – but not so much where they are standing in water for long periods of time. You can allow just the top to dry out a little. Regarding water – try and let the water stand over night so that the chlorine dissapates – otherwise filtered or borehole water is just perfect!
Calatheas do enjoy high humidity but they do just find in any household with moderate humidity.
Try and fertilize Calatheas at least every two to three weeks in spring and summer and hold back in the winter which is usually their dormant period. They do best with a fertilizer like Grobest which has all the nutrients needed for them.
At least every year to two years, you will need to to upsize the pot and give him a fresh mix. They require a well draining soil mixture that has medium moisture retention.
Try and only use a premium potting mix such as the Gromor Potting Soil and it’s always good practice to add in Perlite that will assist with good grainage and peat moss, or coir husk that will hold in some moisture.
Nice to know:
These plants are mildy toxic so keep Fluffy away!i