Calathea care


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The calathea care is one of my most requested video. After following many advice online from Western growers, I killed calathea after calathea. This is because the care is very different in my high humidity climate. The most common way to kill calatheas here is actually rot (from overwatering). I share my tips on how to have them thrive, and also share my top 3 easiest and hardest calathea in my collection. If you have killed these before, please try again using my suggestions and you should see success in growing them. Oh, and this video applies to most plants in the marantacaea family in which calathea is only one out of 31 genuses.

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25 Comments
  • Christabelle Abad
    Posted at 08:59h, 28 May

    i couldn't stop looking at your stromanthe it's so perfect! and my dad just got me a zebrina. hope I wont kill it.

  • Dana Prima
    Posted at 09:00h, 28 May

    oh my gosh…. that's a really GREAT LOOKING Collection you got there…
    do you place all of those Calatheas inside your room?

    Thank you for sharing this Sean, I'm still getting the hangs of it on how to take care of Calatheas and the ones which still survived in my care are only : The Silver Plates, C.Makoyana, C.Rufibarba, C.Lancifolia and C.Leuconeura… 😁😁😁

  • Choy Ping Leong
    Posted at 10:55h, 28 May

    Keep it up Sean! People in Malaysia and Singapore want to know more tropical care! Thank you!

  • Jeanette Hoehn
    Posted at 11:08h, 28 May

    Hallo 😊my mosaika Network have a white flower and lives in a 45Inch Pott and i spray every day with handwarm water🌱and she loves it 👋wishes from germany

  • KOWACHIAKI
    Posted at 11:58h, 28 May

    I'm surprised you catagorized zebrina is one of the hardest :0 because in my experience they're easier than others. Btw you have such beautiful orbafolia 🥺

  • Janssen Pires
    Posted at 12:24h, 28 May

    Amazing video again man!! Keep up

  • Jillian LeBlanc
    Posted at 12:34h, 28 May

    Good morning to you vary nice plans they all so beautiful and amazing thank you for sharing beautiful and amazing plans

  • Mits Millan
    Posted at 12:49h, 28 May

    What an innovative way to explain the soil requirement! It's very clear.

  • sharfinbean
    Posted at 13:08h, 28 May

    I’ve tried all three of your hardest ones….yep killed them all! Only calathea I have left is the network one. I will not try them again!

  • Liza Rahmat
    Posted at 13:14h, 28 May

    My Calathea says thank you. There is a good chance that she might survive now, with a good dose of divine intervention 😅🙏🏼

  • Dim SDK
    Posted at 14:14h, 28 May

    BEST houseplants channel on youtube! I actually switched from Summer Rayne Oaks and Planterina to Sean's channel and I'm loving it! He puts a lot of effort into what he is doing for all of us.
    My personal request to Sean – please, make a video on rare and popular philadendrons, on their care tips and propagation tricks!! Let me shake your hand for what's you're doing man. Keep up the good work!! Cheers from Russia!

  • gelina ciria cruz
    Posted at 14:16h, 28 May

    I got a Calathea Rufibarba once because someone told me it was an easy Calathea to grow. nope. False info. I now have a Calathea Ornata and it's been with me for a couple of months and I've kept it alive and it's getting bigger. Hopefully it gets as tall as yours! #plantgoals

  • Jas Kaur
    Posted at 14:19h, 28 May

    So beautiful. Even living in Malaysia with high humidity I have killed all except for 1 Orbifolia . So tempted to get more especially White fusion . Tried it 3 times but sadly none survived. Spidermites and over watering killed them. Will stay away for time being till I'm confident. Great video with many useful tips. Thank you.

  • Agung psp
    Posted at 14:24h, 28 May

    Thank you Mas Sean
    This 1 video is enough ✨

  • Niña Nicole
    Posted at 14:53h, 28 May

    Thank you for the infos. I have 12 calathea varieties and for me calathea dottie is very difficult to care for. I love calathea zebrina.

  • David Dinh
    Posted at 15:53h, 28 May

    I've learned a lot from your video to take care of my calathea plants more properly. Thank you for sharing, senpai.

  • earisu
    Posted at 16:22h, 28 May

    Alocasia care next? 🙂

  • lara Wernsen
    Posted at 16:29h, 28 May

    Help my calathea majestica is developing smal dark grey spots on the leaves! I've checked it for pests (doesn't have any), the humidity is about 70%, I water it with pond/rain water, spray it everyday and it doesn't get direct sun (east facing window). It's looking happy and puts out new leaves, but I was wondering what I could do against the spots?

  • Leslie Begam Kenefic
    Posted at 19:11h, 28 May

    Worm castings & fish emulsion 1/4 strength… the ONLY WAT TO.GO!

  • Tugba Tas
    Posted at 19:34h, 28 May

    Werewolves 😂

  • Radhika M
    Posted at 20:06h, 28 May

    Calathea rufibarba, quite surprisingly, is my pick for the easiest to grow. Low light, fluffy moist soil mix, and not near any drafts works for me. And I agree with you on staying away from misting and stuffy humid environments! Thank you so much for sharing your potting mixes – they have made a major difference in my plant care.

  • Nadia Jehan
    Posted at 20:08h, 28 May

    Great shirt and great tips, thank you Sean!

  • Sally Harris
    Posted at 23:49h, 28 May

    Awesome video! Do you ship your soap to Australia? Thank you

  • wildlife gardens sydney
    Posted at 01:00h, 29 May

    Thank you very much for your teaching Sean, brilliant on so many levels! I am gleefully gobsmacked with your detailed levels of thought; attention to every detail and all botanical aspects covered in all of your videos. We are the richer gardeners for all your dedication and education. In this video, the cotton moisture pads demonstration described categorically what these species need to thrive in terms of moisture. I enjoyed the part “guess which was grown inside?which outside bit”? the answer illuminating. I love the vibe if you are not artfully playing and experimenting with your plants, you are doing it wrong. Also your Ikat vibe shirt was a nice surprise detail against your white walls.

    All but one (except Ornata, a long time ago. I wish I kept the stump as they come back from the dead!) of my plants in this species are thriving in my garden, in a shady spots concealing my worm farms from the sunlight. I give them a handful of worm castings sprinkled over the top (closed loop fertilising here). I plant them in any areas that are less windy to keep the humidity up. I plant along with a homemade forest floor type mix with extra coconut fire and worm castings. As there are gale force winds pretty much everywhere here, a clift top spot. My next experiment is seeing whether my zebrina can grow in a super windy spot by my front gate, where I need rocks and ties, to hold the plants from being blown out of the soil, ugh. I am jealous of your high walls keeping out the wind, and your secret garden beyond.

  • Ricky Delfin
    Posted at 07:00h, 29 May

    Your calathea plants very beautiful,Ricky from Philippines🌿