Plant profile

Calathea orbifolia

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Botanical name: Goeppertia orbifolia

Synonyms: Calathea orbifolia

Named by: Jean Jules Linden (1982)

Family: Marantaceae

Genus: Goeppertia

Native area: Northeast and Southeast Brazil

Trade names: Calathea orbifolia

Care difficulty: avarage

Light preference: bright indirect light

Minimum temperature: 15°C (59°F)

Optimal temperature: 18°-30°C (65°-85°F)

Humidity: high

Watering: keep the soil moist but not wet, use distilled or rain water

Fertilizing: 3-1-2 biweekly

Soil: 30% coconut peat, 30% sphagnum peat moss, 40% perlite

pH: 6

Repotting: yearly

Speed of growth: fast

Mature size: up to 75cm (2.45ft.) in height and 1m (3.3ft.) in spread

Flower: small white flower close to the stems

Propagation: by division, tissue culture

Pests: spidermites, aphids, scale, thrips, mealybugs, nematodes, caterpillars, slugs

Diseases: bacterial (pseudomonas) and fungal (alternaria, helminthosporium) leaf spots, root rot, mosaic virus

Toxicity: not toxic

- sensitive to fluoride, do not use tap water or fertilizer that contains fluoride
- high levels of Potassium and Manganese in fertilizer cause leaf damage
- wilted leaves are a sign of drought stress, root pathogens or root damage

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