The Calathea Network is one of our newer Prayer Plants, known for the distinctive cross-hatch pattern on its leaves.
My leaves are bright green, criss-crossed with yellow. The random placement of these squares makes me look like a mosaic.
The Network's leaves have delicately scalloped edges, coloured a rich green with thin bright yellow lines. These impressively neat geometric patterns look look a little like a mosaic or stained glass, hence the botanical name, Calathea musaica.
Generally considered easy to grow, the Calathea musaica is tough and resilient, so if you're new to the plant world or have a busy lifestyle this could be your match! However, Calatheas can react badly to sudden drops in temperature and low humidity so don't keep it near a radiator or window.
How to care for your Calathea Network:
Originating from the tropical regions of Brazil, these plants do best in rooms with a consistent stable temperature (ideally above 15°C) and bright indirect light conditions. A spot in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal but these plants can grow in partial shade as well. They love humidity so will do well in bathrooms or kitchens! Keep the soil moist but never sitting in water!
Calatheas can be sensitive to the quality of tap water. For best results use distilled water, rainwater or allow tap water to sit out overnight before using it.
Small: Growing pot size is 14cm. Overall plant height including growing pot: 35-45cm
Medium: Growing pot size: 17cm. Overall plant height including growing pot: 35-45cm
Useful to know:
Calathea Network come from the tropical Rainforests of South America.
I can grow as tall as 60cm and I am a fairly speedy grower.
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.
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.
Good news: I am pet friendly!
I am really good at removing toxins and impurities from the air, so I'll help you breathe more easily.
Decorative pot sold separately.