Calathea Wascewiczii isn’t the easiest plant for a beginner but that doesn’t mean a beginner won’t be able to look after one, just that they might need a bit more help and that’s where we come in.
(If you want to learn more about this fussy little plant then check out our next article: how do you propagate Calathea Warscewiczii?)
If you are a complete beginner to houseplants and you want something that is low maintenance and doesn’t require much effort to keep alive then we’re going to say straight away that this houseplant probably isn’t the one for your and you might want to start off with a succulent.
However, if you’re a beginner who wants to give a Calathea a go then don’t worry, by following these steps you should be alright.
First of all Calathea prefer to be kept in humid conditions. So if your home is dry or these is a heating system drying out the air then your Calathea could suffer. If this is the case it’s important you incease the humidity in your home for your plant.
Secondly Calathea like to be kept moist, so don’t let the soil dry out completely between waterings or your plant will suffer.
They also can’t tolerate direct sunlight as this can burn their leaves. You can put them next to a bright light source, just make sure they are protected from direct light by a sheer curtain or they’re pulled far enough back from the window.
They will also need well draining soil and if you are going to fertilise them it’s important that you dilute the plant feed as if it is too strong it can burn the foliage.
This may seem like a lot but if you can follow these steps then you should well on your way to looking after a healthy Calathea and remember if you are a beginner and you find yourself struggling with this plant, it is a fussy plant and it is a challenge even for people who have owned a few houseplants.