Goeppertia orbifolia (Calathea orbifolia)
Goeppertia orbifolia (Calathea orbifolia)
Goeppertia orbifolia (Calathea orbifolia)
Goeppertia orbifolia (Calathea orbifolia)

Goeppertia orbifolia (Calathea orbifolia)

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Size 6"

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  • Scientific Name: Goeppertia orbifolia
  • Previously Classified As: Calathea orbifolia
  • Common Names: Orbifolia Prayer Plant
  • Native Region: Native to the tropical forests of Bolivia in South America.

Light Requirements: Prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its delicate leaves, causing them to lose their vibrant patterns. It can tolerate lower light conditions but will thrive best in medium to bright, filtered light.

Water Requirements: Requires consistently moist soil but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. It prefers distilled or rainwater as tap water with high mineral content can cause leaf spots and browning.

Soil Preference: Prefers a well-draining, peat-based potting mix. A mix containing peat moss, perlite, and pine bark works well to provide both drainage and aeration.

Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer at half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding in the fall and winter when growth slows.

Hardiness Zone: Suitable for indoor cultivation in most climates. It is not frost-tolerant and should be kept in temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C).

Pet Safety: Non-toxic to cats and dogs, making it a safe choice for households with pets.

Additional Care Tips:

Humidity: Prefers high humidity levels. Regular misting, placing the plant near a humidifier, or using a pebble tray with water can help maintain optimal humidity.

Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Protect from cold drafts and temperatures below 60°F (16°C).

Pruning: Remove any yellow or damaged leaves to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s appearance.

Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound, typically in the spring. Use a pot one size larger to give the roots room to grow.

Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Leaf Care: Clean the leaves regularly with a damp cloth to remove dust and allow the plant to photosynthesize effectively.