Common Name: Bicajoux Prayer Plant
Botanical Name: Geoppertia bicajoux
This Calathea Bicajoux is a prayer plant with luminous green leaves that'll bring some life to your workspace. Perfect for desks and tabletops, it'll bring the party of the jungle indoors - with a little bit of sun and TLC, of course! Leave your office plant envy with others and bring home your own beautiful Bicajoux!
LightCalathea Bicajoux do best in bright, indirect sunlight. To ensure this, you can put your plant in a spot where it will receive either filtered or partially shaded light, as the direct sun can be too much for the plant. This could cause the leaves to burn or get discolored. Also, placing your plant a few feet away from a window facing north or east is key.
Although this plant likes bright light, it can survive in lower-light conditions. Please note that putting it in a moderately dim area with little to no natural light is essential. If you do this, their leaves could lose the bright coloration and become leggy.
The right balance of light for your plant could need adjustments based on your home's specific condition, so always monitor your plant's response to it very closely.
WaterYour Calathea bicajoux plant will need moist but not soggy water to thrive. You should ensure that you are not over-watering your plant.
How often you should water your plant depends on the environment, pot size, and temperature. However, we suggest you water your plant once or twice a week.
If the leaves on your plant begins to appear as they are drooping or curling, this could mean that you have not been watering your plant enough, and if the leaves start to look yellow or gain brown tips, you might be over-watering your plant. It is better to underwater your plant than over water it since this type of plant.
SoilIt is preferred for Calathea bicajoux plants to be in soil that is well-drained and slightly acidic. Usually, we recommend a peat-based potting mix, as it gives a good amount of moisture retention while also getting the excess water to drain.
You could also incorporate perlite or vermiculite into the potting mix, as it would help the drainage and aeration.
Regarding pH level, your plant will like slightly acidic soil with a pH range of around 5.5 to 6. You can use a pH testing kit to ensure the soil is within this range.
Try to prevent your soil from being heavy or receiving too much moisture. This could cause water-logging conditions and root rot to your plant.
TemperatureCalathea bicajoux plants do the best when they are in temperatures that are warm, consistent, and like their native tropical habits. The temperature range that they will thrive in is between 65°F (18°C) and 80°F (27°C). You should also keep the plant in a spot where the temperature will maintain this range for most of the year.
Always try to protect your plant from extreme temperatures. Although you should avoid placing your plant near open windows or doors during the winter season, we suggest you also keep it far from heat sources like radiators or heating vents. Exposure to any of this can lead to stress and damage to the plant.
This being said, the minimum temperature that your Calathea bicajoux plant could survive in is 60°F (15°C), and anything lower could cause a lot of damage to your plant's overall growth and leaves.
HumidityThis type of plant appreciates higher humidity levels. You can consider misting the leaves, using a humidifier, or putting the plant on a tray with water and pebbles if your home temperature drops.
Ideally, aim for a humidity level between 50% and 60%. However, to be even more beneficial for your plant's overall health, any level up to 70% is suitable for your Calathea bicajoux.
With your plant, always ensure it stays away from dry air. If your plant is exposed to dry air, this can cause the humidity levels to be decreased – leading to leaf problems.
We suggest putting your Calathea bicajoux with plants that do best in high humidity, like ferns or other tropical plants. This can help create an even more humid micro-climate.
FertilizerYour Calathea bicajoux plant needs to be fertilized. It is suggested to use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer specifically made for indoor plants. The recommended equal ratio is nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).
Plan to fertilize your plant every four to six weeks and dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended dose to avoid over-fertilizing your plant.
Pause fertilizing your plant during the winter season. Your plant will need to be fed less often during the semi-dormant period.
Ensure you follow the directions on the fertilizers package, as different fertilizers' needs vary.
Growth RateUsually, Calathea bicajoux plants have a moderate growth rate and regularly produce new leaves during the growing season.
The size of the leaves varies, but generally are medium sized compared to other calathea types. The leaves on your plant could reach around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm), which could also help your plant's overall appearance.
Ensure your plant receives the proper care and maintenance for its growth rate to be positively impacted.
Pet Friend or Foe
Calathea bicajoux plants are considered to be pet-friendly! Friend!
- Calathea bicajoux plants should be re-potted every 1-2 years, or when you see that it is becoming root bound.
- Inspect your plant for common houseplant pests like spider mites and aphids. If you spot any, treat the plant accordingly with insecticidal soap or oil.
- Get rid of any damaged leaves often to maintain the plants look and health.
- Avoid your Calathea bicajoux from being in the direct sunlight.