Calathea Musaica ‘Network’ 50cm
Calathea Musaica ‘Network’ in nursery pot ϕ-17cm x h-15cm (please note that decorative pot from the picture is not included)
Calathea Musaica has amazing leave patterns that resemble tiny mosaics, hence the name. The pattern is so intricate that most people is checking if this plant is even real!
As a member of the Marantaceae family, Calathea Musaica is an active plant which undergoes observable nyctinasty, the process of foliage reacting to the daily light cycle. Therefore, enjoying a position out of direct sun light with changes in the daily lighting environment.
Calathea Musaica thrives indoors with the correct care. Ensure your environment has high humidity with no direct sun light. Most importantly the plant should be watered with soft water only, free from calcium carbonate and other minerals found in many urban water sources.
Light: As with most variegated plants, Calathea need plenty of diffused light however direct sunlight will cause the leaves to fade and lose their markings. They can tolerate some degree of shade, but the better the light conditions, the more you will be rewarded by fine foliage. Experiment in your home to find the perfect spot for your plant.
Water: Calathea must be kept in damp soil at all times, but definitely do not allow the plant to sit in water or in very wet soil. Think little and often as a watering policy.
Temperature: Prefers warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but can cope with as low as 15°C. Avoid draughts and ensure the plant has reasonable ventilation.
Humidity: High humidity levels are a must. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Pop it in the shower room or kitchen from time to time to give an extra boost.
Feed: Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Do not use leaf shine as this will damage the foliage. Brown tips may occur.
Origin: Tropical Americas.
Calatheas are not poisonous which means it’s pet friendlyn (non toxic to cats and dogs).