Posts tagged Calathea
Trimming Brown Edges Promotes New Growth

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

If you're a first time plant owner, you might be alarmed when seeing browning edges and drying leaves. This is your plant's natural way to express itself! While you make adjustments for its comfort, don't be afraid to give it a makeover. Trimming is completely safe and allows your plant to redirect more energy to new growth. Here are a few simple tips as you prepare those scissors:

  • Check that the blades are clean or disinfect them with rubbing alcohol

  • Trim off whole leaves as close to the root as possible

  • Follow the leaf's natural lines when reshaping edges


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CALATHEA RATTLESNAKE

Named for the unique pattern on its foliage, this prayer plant is also admired for its various colors.

How to Care for and Grow Your Calathea Medallion
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The Calathea Medallion

AKA calathea roseopicta

How to care for and grow the Calathea Medallion

Part of the prayer plant family, the stunning Calathea Medallion is arguably one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations. Its large, “medallion”-like leaves appear to be painted with brushstrokes of deep green and fuschia tones, flourishing out into a bouquet of unmistakable, colorful foliage. But though this plant is an increasingly popular choice, it remains a relatively high-maintenance houseplant and requires a bit of extra TLC to keep those leaves perky and shining. Read on to find simple care tips and solutions for how to successfully care for and grow a Calathea Medallion.

Light

Water

  • Keep the soil evenly moist, never allowing it to completely dry out

  • When watering, take care not let the plant become oversaturated or waterlogged

Growth

  • In prime conditions, the Calathea Medallion grows relatively fast and can reach up to two feet in height

  • Fertilize once a month during spring and summer

Common problems with a Calathea Medallion

Curling leaves - underwatered

  • Symptom - leaves curling inwards

  • Cause - not enough water

  • Remedy - Remove your plant from its decorative pot and place in a sink or bowl. Water thoroughly and allow the plant to sit in water (the roots are drinking!) for a few hours. Remove it from the water, let it drain. Within 24 hours you will see a drastic improvement!

Brown edges - underwatered

  • Symptom - leaves turning brown at the edges

  • Cause - most likely underwatering, but could also be that the temperature is too cold or the air is too dry

  • Remedy - Be sure to keep a consistent watering schedule to ensure the plant’s soil is just moist to the touch. You may also mist the plant weekly to boost moisture levels, and make sure it is not placed near any air vents, heaters, or air conditioners.

Pale and/or wilting or droopy leaves - overwatering

  • Symptom - yellowing or wilting leaves

  • Cause - overwatering

  • Remedy - Allow the soil to air out, or change the soil entirely to reduce the risk of root rot.

How to maintain a beautiful and healthy Calathea Medallion

Take care of your Calathea Medallion and it will take care of you! Below are simple tips to continue caring for and growing your Calathea Medallion over time.

How to prune a calathea medallion
  • Pruning - To keep your plant healthy and strong, you may trim older or unhappy looking leaves. If there is just a small portion of a leaf that was damaged (due to underwatering, overwatering, etc), you can trim the leaf following the natural shape of the leaf.

  • Cleaning - Take each leaf between two soft tissue cloths and wipe off the top to reveal a healthy shine (also helps the plant soak in more light!).

  • Repotting - It is a good idea to repot your calathea once every year or every other year to give it fresh soil and nutrients.

    • When to repot - Once a year or every other year.

    • Pot sizing - if you want your plant to grow wider, find a nursery pot that’s 2” in diameter larger than the current pot. If you want your plant to stay the same size, you can reuse the same pot and simply change the soil.

    • Get your hands dirty - spread out newspaper on the floor, remove the plant from the pot and shake off as much of the old soil as possible so that you have clean roots. Place the plant in the center of the pot, add new soil and pat down firmly. Water the soil thoroughly and place the plant in an area with bright indirect light. Your plant will take 2-4 weeks to settle from the shock and adjust to its new home.

 

How to propagate a Calathea Medallion

The best way to propagate a Calathea Medallion is through division.

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  • Divide the roots - When repotting, determine which areas you will divide to create new plants. Carefully untangle the roots.

  • Germinate spores - Place the spores on top of a small pot of sphagnum moss, and place the pot in a dish with water. Make sure there is always water in the dish, and mist the spores on top daily. After 2-3 weeks, they should begin to germinate.

  • Place in fresh soil - Place the new divisions in fresh soil and water thoroughly. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy-- it may take 2-4 weeks for your plant to settle from the shock and adjust to its new home

Illustrations by our talented plant stylist, Kailie Barnes.

 

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To fertilize or not to fertilize your house plants
Calathea Medallion showing new growth

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Finally (sigh), we're fully mid-swing into spring! You might have already noticed some new growth, perkier leaves, and in general, happier looking plants celebrating the extra hours of sunlight and warmth - if not, you may want to consider fertilizing. Think of fertilizers as a vitamin boost. They're not required for you to be healthy, but they can occasionally help you regenerate and grow. Here are a few we've enjoyed in our plant shop.

  • Houseplant Vitamin Boost - a compact dose that's easy to use and safe for all indoor houseplants!

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food - the only custom-made formula specifically designed to meet the needs of fiddle leaf fig plants. Supports healthy roots, leaves, and prolific new growth.

  • Museum Studio's Plant Elixir - an all natural essential oil blend that elevates your misting routine through foliar feeding. While this mix is not designed for boosting growth, it does provide nutrients and pest control.

Read our full guide on fertilizing your houseplants, and happy planting!

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CALATHEA MEDALLION

A stunning prayer plant with a deep color palette of leaves painted by nature. Loves humid environments, bright light and distilled or rainwater.

Calatheas and their curling leaves
Calathea Medallion Plant Care

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Let's be real here. The calathea is a difficult one in terms of care. It needs constant humidity and warmth. Here are the most common issues you'll experience with plants in the maranta and prayer plant families.

  • Brown Edges - the air is too dry for your plant! Add misting to your watering routine or keep it on a bed of rocks and shallow water to add humidity. 

  • Curling Leaves - your plant is cold and thirsty! Give your plant a shower, or sit the bottom in a small bowl of shallow water till it soaks everything up. After 12-24 hours, watch the leaves unfurl. 

  • Droopy Leaves - your plant is getting too much water! Allow the soil to air out or change the soil completely to decrease chances of root rot. .


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