Common Name: Network Calathea
Botanical Name: Calathea (Geoppertia) musaica
If subtle, sensational, and sophisticated is your thing, then the rare Calathea musaica may just be your dream houseplant! Its glossy foliage boasts a tiny delicate, intricate green variegated "mosaic" pattern that may seem unreal at first. This decorative species of the famously ornamental Calathea musaica family is hard to find and makes a wonderful addition to any decor.
The ideal spot for a prayer plant will receive medium to bright indirect light. Calathea musaica can handle low light, but increased light can help maintain the vivid colors and patterns on the foliage. Aim to have your Network Calathea receive 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight daily as this will help it develop into a full and dense plant! Direct sunlight can be damaging and may cause colors to fade. The more filtered sunlight your Network Calathea receives, the more likely it will develop new growth!
Network Calatheas have high water requirements. Thoroughly water these indoor plants when the top few inches of the soil is dry. Calathea musaica houseplants do best in well-draining soil and in containers with drainage. While they love to get their drink on, they still like to dry out a bit between watering. The type of water used can make a difference when it comes to watering Calathea musaica. Tap water may contain different minerals or compounds that can be damaging to the leaves. Brown edges along the leaves can be an indication 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 not suitable for your Network Calathea.
Potting soil that is rich in nutrients and organic matter, but still has the ability to drain well is the perfect growing medium for all Calathea musaica. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but make sure that they do not contain water-retentive crystals as they can cause the soil to continually stay moist causing root rot. If you are feeling adventurous, try creating your own potting soil!
As tropical plants, Calathea musaica like warmer temperatures. Average room temperature above 65°F is fine, but these indoor plants won't mind if it gets warmer and the temperature creeps closer to 85°F. Avoid placing Calathea musaica plants near exterior doors, drafty windows, and vents, particularly during the colder months. Make sure to avoid placement near cooling vents during the warmer months. All calathea are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, so try your best to keep them warm!
High humidity is a must-have for Calathea musaica. The leaves may begin to curl or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea musaica 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 musaica the extra dampness they crave. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!
Fertilizing your Calathea Network can help promote new growth and even blooms depending on the variety. A complete liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength is a good option. Fertilize your Calathea musaica every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. When re-potting, you can also amend the soil with worm castings or any organic compost of your choice! Calathea musaica will benefit from being fertilized during the growing season. These indoor plants should not be fertilized during the colder months when the plant is dormant.
Network Calathea reach a mature height of 2- 3’ tall and equally as wide when you properly maintain them!
Pet Friend or Foe
Calathea musaica is non-toxic to pets. Friend!
- Calathea musaicas are moisture-loving plants, but over-watering is still a concern and can introduce a whole host of problems. Making sure the plants receive lots of bright indirect light can help regulate the dampness while helping the plant thrive.
- Don't be too worried if you notice the leaves beginning to curl or the stems of your Calathea musaica drooping. These are signs of dehydration. It's important to pay attention to these indicators, but these hardy houseplants can bounce back within a day or so after receiving water.
- Calathea musaica can only be propagated through division. These plants naturally propagate themselves by expanding their root system and sending new shoots up through the soil. When a mature plant is re-potted, gently separate the roots to divide the main plant into several smaller plants. Each new plant can be potted in its own container. Given time and proper care, those new plants will fill in.
- Rotate your calathea to promote a full, balanced indoor plant.
- Always check the leaves (top and bottom) during your care sessions. Check for unwanted guests (pests and diseases).
- Learn how use neem oil to prevent or remove pests!