Calatea musaica aka Calathea network
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
Calathea network is one of the most interesting, among the 300 different types of Calathea plants, with the unique mosaic-like markings on the leaves. It is difficult to care for, but well worth the effort. Calathea plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies. Calathea can clean the air.
A Calathea plant likes bright indirect light, so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Too much direct sunlight will burn the leaves. It can grow in partial shade as well.
Calathea network likes warm temperature between 18-26 C and doesn’t like cold drafts. High humidity is a must for this plant. You can use a humidifier close to the plant or place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.
It is very sensitive to water quality. Use distilled water, rainwater or allow your tap water to sit out overnight before using it. Keep the soil moist and don’t let it sit in water.
Feed the plant from spring to autumn once a month with general houseplant feed diluted to half the strength.
Repot it every other year during Spring or Summer into fresh potting soil.
Calatheas plants are propagated by plant division.
Good news. Calatheas are not toxic.