Common Name: Calathea Cora
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta 'Cora'
The Calathea Cora is an actual work of art. Its striking foliage features large almond-shaped leaves with painterly green veins and a pinkish tint. The underside of the leaves is bathed in deep violet, and when the light filters through, the two sides simultaneously reveal added texture and color. Prayer Plants' leaves move in response to daily light changes, so do not be s to find the leaves pointing towards t sky at the end of the day! Give these indoor plants a little extra humidity and a watchful eye for the best results.
Calathea Cora thrives most when it receives medium to bright indirect light. Calathea can generally handle low light, but increased light can help maintain the vivid colors and patterns on the foliage. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight, as it can be damaging and could cause the colors to fade.
Calathea Cora plants have high water requirements. Thoroughly water this indoor plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Calathea Cora houseplants do best in well-draining soil and in containers with drainage. While this type of plant is a thirsty houseplant, they still like to dry out between watering.
The type of water used can make a difference when watering this plant. Tap water may contain different minerals or compounds that can damage the leaves. Brown edges along the leaves can indicate that the water is high in salt or contains chlorine, chloramine, bromide, or fluoride. It may be best to water the plant using filtered or distilled water or water collected from a dehumidifier if you suspect tap water is unsuitable for your Calathea Cora.
Potting soil rich in nutrients and organic matter but still can drain well is the perfect growing medium for your Calathea Cora. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but make sure that it does not contain water-retentive crystals as it can cause the soil to stay moist, causing root rot continually. If you are feeling adventurous, try creating your potting soil!
TemperatureAs tropical plants, Calathea Cora plants like warmer temperatures. An average room temperature above 65°F is acceptable, but this indoor plant won't mind if it gets warmer and the temperature creeps closer to 85°F.
Avoid placing this plant near exterior doors, drafty windows, and vents, particularly during the colder months. Make sure to avoid placement near air conditioning vents during the warmer months.
High humidity is a must-have for plants like Calathea Cora. The leaves may begin to curl, or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea Cora indoor plants do well in a kitchen, bathroom, or any area with extra moisture in the air. Using a humidifier or a pebble tray with water can help give calathea the extra dampness they crave. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!
Fertilizing your Calathea Cora can help promote new growth and even blooms depending on the variety. A complete liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength is a good option. When repotting, you can also amend the soil with seaweed or fish emulsion, or worm castings. Your Calathea Cora will benefit from being fertilized during the growing season. This indoor plant does not need to be fertilized during the colder months when the plant is dormant.
Calathea Cora plants are medium-sized and can grow up to 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) in height. However, some Calathea Cora can grow a bit taller under certain circumstances. It depends on how well you care for your plant and its growing conditions.
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Calathea Cora is non-toxic! Friend!
- Remove any yellow or damaged leaves on your Calathea Cora regularly to keep the plant's appearance and overall health.
- Repot your Calathea Cora only when needed, as this type of plant prefers a slightly crowded root condition. Typically, repotting should be done every 1-2 years.
- Reduce or pause fertilizing your plant in the fall and winter. This is the dormancy period.