The Calathea Medallion will lift the look of any room with its spectacular foliage
This tropical plant has light and dark green concentric patterns (rather than stripes) on the tops of the leaves and a deep purple underside. Watch its leaves open and close at dawn and dusk.
Key Benefits of Calathea Medallion
Breathe better, sleep better!
Calatheas are wonder plants in terms of our well-being philosophy. They're pro air purifiers, wonderful for filtering toxins and pollutants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe and focus.
Studies have also linked plants' oxygenation of the air to better sleep quality for humans, so there's a real opportunity for the Calathea Medallion to contribute to your daily routine!
They are a popular choice for bedrooms, since their unusual leaves naturally fold up at night and unfurl during the day, often with a rustling sound. Keeping a Calathea in your home can be a great way to attune yourself to a more natural sleep cycle!
Calathea Medallion Plant Care Tips
Place the Calathea Medallion in an area with dappled light conditions away from direct sunlight, intense rays can decolour its beautiful leaves. This plant is also tolerant to lower light levels.
The ideal temperatures are between 18 and 29 ºC. Avoid draughts and cold winds and keep it away from radiators, fireplaces and air conditioners.
Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Let the top of the soil dry out before watering and use preferably collected rainwater, filtered or distilled water.
Keep humidity levels up by placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water and misting it often.
In the warmer months, feed it with a nitrogen-rich houseplant fertiliser every few weeks.
If you notice any yellow or crispy leaves, remove them to maintain a luxurious appearance.
When the plant starts to get root bound, it’s time to repot it in the next size container. Repotting is always better in the growing season. Use a well-draining soil mix
The Calathea Medallion Story
Also known as Calathea veitchiana.
Where is it from? A native from tropical America, especially Brazil.
Who is the Calathea Medallion? Often mistaken for a prayer plant due to its leaves folding up overnight. The difference is that prayer-plants fold upright at the base of the stem and the Calathea Medallion curls up from the outer edges inward toward the central vein.
Good For You!
New beginnings! Symbol of new beginnings, the English saying 'to turn over a new leaf' originates from Calatheas due to their nocturnal leaves habit!
Relax: Being in nature or surrounded by houseplants helps decrease the levels of cortisol in our brains which leads to combating symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Is The Calathea Medallion The Right Plant For Me?
Are you looking for an elegant houseplant that doesn’t need much bright light? Then this is the one for you!
Some gardeners think that to look after Calatheas you’ll need a little bit of skill and perseverance to keep the plant happy. The Medallion however is thought to be the easiest of the Calatheas to maintain, so, if you are up for a very fulfilling challenge, why not give it a try?
Pets: Pet friendly
How tall does it grow? They can grow up to 40 to 90 cm tall.
A striking plant that will brighten up any room! Get yours today!
Plant Care Guide
I like a lot of diffused light, but direct sunlight will cause the leaves to fade and lose my precious markings. Because I grow on the canopy floor, I can tolerate shade, but I grow much better with indirect light.
I like my soil to be moist, but I am also susceptible to root rot, so don't let me sit in water. Think little and often as a watering policy.
I prefer warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but can cope with as low as 15°C. Please keep me away from draughts!
Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
Good news: I am pet friendly!
Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, so that I can breathe properly.
High humidity levels are a must. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Pop it in the shower from time to time to give an extra boost.
General Plant Information
I come from the tropical Rainforests of South America.
I can grow as tall as 60cm and I am a fairly speedy grower.