Large Calathea Orbifolia
Native to Bolivia, the Calathea Orbifolia has huge, bright green leaves with a whitish, silvery variegation pattern that is reminiscent of candy cane stripes. Like other Calatheas, the Orbifolia will fold up its leaves at night, and then "bloom" open to greet the sunshine, giving it the nickname “prayer plant.”
CALATHEA ORBIFOLIA CARE
In nature, Calatheas live under the canopy of the large rainforest trees and can only get some indirect light. These plants can be finicky, so you might experiment with different spots until you can make your Calathea happy. The Orbifolia is happier with less light than too much, so if you see brown spots or crispy edges to the leaves, move it to a place with less light.
These plants like moist soil, so water when you feel that the top inch or so of the soil is dry. They love humidity, so if you do not have a humidifier, you can put pebbles in a tray and place the pot on top. Any excess water in the soil will drain into the tray and keep the roots humid without adding too much moisture to the soil.
One of the largest plants in the Calathea family, the Orbifolia grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with each leaf growing up to 12 inches wide. The growth rate is moderate, and the plant will go through a period of dormancy in winter.
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