Calathea Ornata (also known as Calathea Pinstripe or Pinstripe plant) is a lovely plant with pink stripes on its enormous green leaves. It’s lovely, but it’s a finicky plant that may be tough to care for at times. We’ve all met someone who has battled to maintain a Calathea alive, much alone healthy. So, with this guide, we’ll go over everything you can do to keep these incredible, yet tenacious, tropical plants healthy.
We’ll go over watering requirements, ideal soil, light requirements, humidity, common pests, and early warning indications that your plant is failing in this guide. If you’ve had trouble with this plant in the past, this is the guide for you. You’ll know all you need to know to keep your Calathea(s) happy after we’ve gone through all of the stages below.
Humidity is a favorite of all Calatheas, not only the Ornata. This is a fantastic plant to have if you have a habit of overwatering your plants. This quantity of water is suitable for the Calathea Ornata. However, there is a catch. When you’re watering this plant, be sure to remove any excess water. This may be accomplished in two ways:
- In the ornamental pot, plant the Calathea Ornata in the plastic nursery pot it came in.
- If the pot is closed, tip the plant sideways to allow any surplus water to drain.
This is necessary because, although this plant like being damp, it does not enjoy sitting in a pool of water. This will result in root rot, which may result in the plant’s death.
When the soil begins to dry up, you should water this plant. Because this plant dislikes being in totally dry soil, be sure to water it before it becomes too dry. In the summer, depending on how dry the soil is, you should water this plant once a week or twice a week. Water this plant every two to four weeks in the winter, depending on how dry the soil is.
The Calathea Ornata’s Soil
As I previously said, this plant prefers damp soil. This implies you should look for a soil that holds a lot of water. This allows it to sit in wet soil for an extended period of time, reducing the frequency with which you must water this plant. It’s not an issue if you don’t have any soil that’s built to hold water. Simply water the plant more often to keep the soil wet.
Because the soil must be damp most of the time, use soil that can breathe when wet. If your soil becomes particularly heavy and compacts, you may want to try a different one. This soil will not allow any air to reach the roots, eventually suffocating the plant. Soil with larger pieces and/or moss is an excellent choice for this since it stores water and allows air to pass through.
Calathea plants are tropical plants, thus they should be exposed to strong indirect sunlight all day. You should be able to keep your plant happy if you keep it next to a south-facing window with a thin curtain or some shade. If you lack a south-facing window, a west-facing window can suffice. My Calathea Ornata sits near a large south-facing window and receives indirect sunlight for the most of the day. When exposed to direct sunlight over an extended period of time, the intricately carved leaves begin to fade.
To summarize, maintain your Calathea Ornata in a bright place that receives indirect sunlight.
This plant prefers wet soil, as described in the sections on watering requirements and ideal soil. This plant requires a high level of humidity to simulate the tropical habitat in which it flourishes. Keep a humidifier nearby and make sure your Calathea is in a humid environment.
Pets and Calathea
Many houseplants may be toxic to pets and small children, but Calatheas are not one of them. Calatheas, like Calathea Ornata, are safe for pets and will not damage them if they gnaw on your plant. Unlike many other plants, you may securely place this plant wherever you wish without fear of a doctor’s visit.
Pests that are common
A few pests, such as spider mites, affect the Calathea Pinstripe. You should be able to keep this under control with some frequent maintenance. Cleaning the leaves with a spray bottle filled with water and dish detergent is one technique to tackle this issue. You may put this on the leaves to smother the pests that are on and in the leaves. After that, you can wipe the leaves down and you should be good to go for the next several weeks. You should repeat this step every one to two weeks to ensure that it does not spread too far.
Early warning signals of danger
Calathea Pinstripe may be a finicky plant. Fortunately, there are several early warning indications that your Calathea is unhappy. Brown and crispy leaves, leaves that start to turn yellow, and pink stripes that fade to a white tint are among the symptoms. This does not imply that your Calathea is dying.
It simply signifies that the Pinstripe plant isn’t receiving the attention it deserves. When the leaves start to turn brown or yellow, the plant may be in an environment that is too dry for it. In this situation, spray your Calathea leaves on a regular basis or find another technique to offer the Pinstripe plant with the humidity it requires.
The plant is receiving too much sunlight when the pink stripes on the leaves start to fade to white. You’ll notice a change if you move it to a more shady location.