Plant Care Instructions*
Calathea Dottie is known for its shiny black leaves with pink streaks. Calatheas in the wild are found on tropical forest floors, so they can tolerate living in partial shade and make the perfect plant for filling in some of the shadier parts of your plant room!
Room temperatures that average 65-75ºF (18-24ºC) and no lower than 60ºF (15ºC). Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes.
A good bright spot within a room or conservatory without direct sunlight is advised. Too much direct sun will cause issues.
During the growing season (May - Aug) water frequently. Always keep the soil moist (not waterlogged). During the winter cut this down and only water when the top soil has become dry to the touch.
2 parts peat/1 part perlite would be suitable. The soil needs to be able to retain some moisture while also being able to drain (too much drainage materials used is not advised). Replenish the top soil in the pot in the spring months so that the plant can get new fertilizer and nutrients.
Use a balanced liquid feed to encourage the foliage to look healthy and more attractive. Feed once a month from April - August.
As the plant grows, you may have to get a wider pot so the roots and new stems have more room to grow. If you do not have a wider pot or just by choice, you can divide the plant in half or fourths and repot those divided.
Since the plant loves moist areas, you can leave a tray under your pot with pebbles to hold moisture from the water that escapes from the hole on the bottom of the pot so the plant remains moist. You can also use a humidifier for this task.
* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.
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