How to Grow and Care for Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) Indoors

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Calathea fasciata

Botanical name: Calathea fasciata
Synonym: Goeppertia fasciata
Family: Marantaceae
Common name: Calathea fasciata

Calathea fasciata Description

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) is a charming perennial plant which bears deep-green leaves with lime-green rib variegation and purple undersides.

The plant is a popular houseplant on account ot its spectacular glossy orb-shaped leaves which radiate from the center of the plant.

Calathea fasciata Size and Flower

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) grows in clumps to a height of about 1-2 ft. The plant is not grown for the flower but for the pretty foliage and is unlikely to flower under room conditions.

Calathea fasciata Origin

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) is native to the tropical forests in Northern Brazil where it grows on the forest floors.

Calathea fasciata Related Plants

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) is closely related to the Marantas, Ctenanthe and Stromanthe which are collectively called Prayer Plants in reference to their curious characteristic of closing their leaves at night.

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Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) Care Indoors

Calathea fasciata grows best in medium indirect light and moderately moist soil at all times. It requires a warm, humid environment inorder to thrive.

The best soil for Calathea fasciata should be free-draining and rich in organic matter. Read on for more on the best growing conditions for Calathea fasciata.

Calathea fasciata Light Requirements

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) grows best in medium, indirect light away from direct sunlight. If the lighting in your home is not adequate, you can use these grow bulbs to supplement it. They are easy to use as you simply need to screw them into your regular lighting fixtures.

Avoid too bright light as it will cause the leaf colour to fade. Also, keep the plant away from direct sunlight as it can cause sunburn on the beautiful leaves.

For uniform growth of your plant, turn the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides. Read more on understanding light for houseplants.

Watering Calathea fasciata

Water Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) liberally and keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Water the plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid plant shock. The water should also be free of chlorine and flourides as Calathea fasciata like other Calathea is sensitive to chemicals dissolved in water. Dissolved chemicals will cause brown leaf tips and edges. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for your Calathea fasciata has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.

To reduce fungal infestations like leaf spot diseases, avoid wetting the foliage of your Calathea fasciata during watering or water from the bottom instead.


Temperature for Calathea fasciata

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) prefers average warmth with a minimum of 150C and a maximum of 260C. At temperatures below this range, the plant stops growing while temperatures above this range may cause the plant to die.

Protect your Calathea fasciata from draughts as they cause sudden changes in temperature which the plant cannot tolerate and may cause it to die. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Calathea fasciata

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) requires high humidity (50% to 80%) inorder to thrive. Low humidity causes the plant to develop brown leaf tips and edges. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity for the optimum growth of your plant.

To raise humidity for your Calathea fasciata, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier.

Calathea fasciata can also be grown in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home where humidity is high if there is adequate lighting. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Calathea fasciata can also be grown in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a closed terrarium for houseplants.

How to Clean Calathea fasciata

Keep the leaves of your Calathea fasciata clean by damp-wiping with a soft cloth. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Calathea fasciata Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks through out the growing season.

Withhold feeding for Calathea fasciata during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Regularly, flush out accumulated chemicals (salts) from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil. Allow the stream of water to run for some time and repeat the process several times.

Repotting Calathea fasciata

Repot Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) every 2-3 years at the beginning of the growing season or when it becomes root-bound. Take care not to injure its delicate roots.

Use a pot one size larger than the current one and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.

Before repotting, water the Calathea fasciata thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less repotting shock and takes a shorter time to take root.

If the plant is large and has outgrown its current pot, divide it into several sections and use the splits to propagate new plants.

Repotting may cause the leaves to droop but the plant will eventually recover once it takes root; in about 3-4 weeks.

Soil for Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata)

The best soil for Calathea fasciata should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

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Pruning Calathea fasciata

Pruning Calathea fasciata is easy. Remove dead and yellow foliage to maintain the plant neat and attractive. Cut the leaves with a sharp knife or scissors at the base, where the leaf meets the stalk.

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) Propagation

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) is propagated by plant division at the beginning of the growing season during repotting. We have outlined herebelow Calathea fasciata propagation by plant division. Read on.

How to propagate Calathea fasciata by plant division

Water the Calathea fasciata thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.

Take out the Calathea fasciata plant from its pot and divide it into several sections. Ensure each sections has adequate roots and at least 2-3 stems.

Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Fill the pot with Calathea potting medium and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Calathea fasciata section.

Place the Calathea fasciata section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.

Liberally water the soil until water comes out through the drainage holes. Cover the pots with clear polythene to create a greenhouse effect and maintain warm humid conditions which hasten establishment of the Calathea fasciata plants.

Place the pots in a warm, well-lit place until new growth has emerged on the Calathea fasciata sections.

Gradually remove the polythene over a period of two weeks to acclimatize the new Calathea fasciata plants.

Maintain the soil moist until the new Calathea fasciata plants are well established after which you can begin routine care.

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Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) Problems Indoors

Calathea fasciata problems indoors are caused by cultural faults in lighting, humidity, watering and temperature among others. Continue reading for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.

Calathea fasciata drooping leaves

Calathea fasciata drooping leaves are due to three possible causes. One possible cause of drooping leaves in Calathea fasciata is too dry air (low humidity). Calathea fasciata is very sensitive to low air humidity. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity and maintain it at 50%-80% for optimum growth of the plant.

To raise humidity for Calathea fasciata, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Calathea fasciata can also be grown in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in Calathea fasciata is incorrect watering; either overwatering (soggy soil) or underwatering.

Water your Calathea fasciata liberally and maintain the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering during the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Also, ensure that the soil is free-draining and that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

The third possible cause of drooping leaves in Calathea fasciata is that the plant is root-bound. This means that the roots have filled the pot and there is very little soil to hold water when you water your plant. Therefore, there is no water for the plant to take up to the leaves. The leaves loss their stiffness and they droop.

Check the bottom of the pot for roots growing through the drainage hole. Repot the plant into a pot one size larger than the current one or divide it into several sections to propagate new plants.

Calathea fasciata dying

Calathea fasciata may die due to two possible reasons. One possible reason why your Calathea fasciata is dying is root-rot which is brought about by soggy soil.

Take out the plant from its pot and inspect the roots. Brown-black mushy roots indicate root-rot, trim them off and treat the healthy roots with a fungicidal solution.

Disinfect the pot or use a fresh pot to repot the plant in fresh free-draining soil. Do not water the plant and keep it dry for some time before resuming watering. Read more on how to deal with root-rot here.

To prevent root-rot in the future, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Also, do not overwater your plant during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

The second possible reason why your Calathea fasciata is dying is pest infestations. Calathea fasciata like other Calatheas is prone to mealy bugs, aphids, scale insects and spider mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Calathea fasciata leaves appear washed out

Calathea fasciata washed out leaves are due to exposure of the plant to hot direct sunlight. Calathea fasciata grows best in medium, indirect light away from direct sunshine.

Move Calathea fasciata to a more shaded spot or instal a light curtain to protect it from direct sunlight to prevent its eventual death.

Calathea fasciata curled, yellowing leaves

Calathea fasciata curled and yellowing leaves are caused by incorrect watering; either overwatering (soggy soil) or underwatering.

Overwatering (soggy soil) causes the roots to die due to lack of oxygen in the soil. When the roots die they cannot take up water and therefore the leaves begin to curl, yellow and eventually die.

Underwatering implies that there is too little moisture in the soil and therefore, the plant has no water to take up to the leaves. Thus, the leaves begin to curl, yellow and eventually die if the situation is not corrected.

Water Calathea fasciata thoroughly and keep the soil moderately moist during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Also, ensure that the soil is free-draining and that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Calathea fasciata brown, dry leaf tips and edges

Brown, dry leaf tips and edges in Calathea fasciata are due to four possible causes. One possible cause of brown, dry leaf tips and edges in Calathea fasciata is dry air (too little humidity).

Calathea fasciata requires a humid environment inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Calathea, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier.

Calathea fasciata can also be grown in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home where humidity is high. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Calathea fasciata is also ideal for a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a closed terrarium for houseplants.

The second cause of brown, dry leaf tips and edges in Calathea fasciata which is accompanied by stunted growth is infestation by spider mites due to the air being too dry (low humidity).

Remove the dead growth and raise humidity for the plant (as outlined above) to discourage the pest infestations.

The third cause of brown, dry leaf tips and edges in Calathea fasciata is watering it with hard water. Water your Calathea fasciata with chlorine-free water only like rain water.

Like other Calathea, Calathea fasciata is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water and it responds with brown leaf tips and edges.

The fourth cause of brown, dry leaf tips and edges in Calathea fasciata is accumulation of salts or chemicals in the soil. These chemicals may have originated from the water used for watering or from the fertilizers used.

Regularly, flush out accumulated chemicals (salts) from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil. Allow the stream of water to run for some time and repeat the process several times.

Calathea fasciata pests

The common pests in Calathea fasciata are mealy bugs, aphids, scale insects and spider mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Calathea fasciata diseases

Calathea fasciata is prone to leaf spot disease due to the humid conditions in which it grows.

The disease is indicated by brown patches surrounded by a yellow halo. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the disease.

Is Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) toxic?

Calathea fasciata (Goeppertia fasciata) like other Calathea Plants is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow indoors.

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