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Calathea Stella: What You Need to Know

Posted by Chase Smith on

Hello, fellow plant lovers! Today, I am delighted to introduce you to the fascinating Calathea Stella. This mesmerizing houseplant, inspired by the popular White Fusion Calathea, offers an easier-to-grow alternative without compromising on beauty. Join me as we explore the origins of Calathea Stella and discover some essential care tips to keep this enchanting plant thriving in your home.

Calathea Stella, a variety scientifically known as Calathea lancifolia, was bred with the intention of creating a more resilient and user-friendly version of its stunning counterpart, White Fusion Calathea. While White Fusion exhibits breathtaking variegation and patterns, it can be a bit more demanding to care for. Calathea Stella was developed to retain the captivating beauty of White Fusion while requiring less maintenance and offering a greater chance of success for plant enthusiasts.

Calathea Stella showcases elongated, lance-shaped leaves with intricate patterns reminiscent of its inspiration, White Fusion. The striking contrast between its dark green and vibrant lime green hues, along with delicate purple undersides, creates a visual masterpiece that never fails to captivate. With its eye-catching foliage, Calathea Stella effortlessly adds elegance and charm to any indoor space.

Easy Care Tips for the Calathea Stella: 

One of the appealing aspects of Calathea Stella is its forgiving nature, making it an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts. Here are some care tips to ensure your Calathea Stella thrives:

- Lighting: Provide bright, indirect light to your plant, avoiding direct sunlight that can scorch the leaves. Placing it near a north or east-facing window is ideal. You will notice the leaves will move with the lighting provided, which is how calathea get their nickname- prayer plants.

- Temperature: Calathea Stella prefers warmth and thrives in temperatures ranging from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect it from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.

- Watering and Humidity: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water your plant when the top inch of soil feels slightly dry.  Using a pebble tray helps maintain the high humidity levels it craves. If you have a well-lit bathroom with adequate airflow you may find your calathea extremely happy in there!

- Soil and Fertilizer: Opt for a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. A combination of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well. Fertilize with a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season, reducing frequency in fall and winter.

- Maintenance: Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth to remove dust and promote their natural shine. Trim any yellowing or damaged leaves to encourage healthy growth. Watch out for pests like spider mites or mealybugs and address any infestations promptly.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your Calathea Stella thrives and becomes the star of your plant collection. So, bring home this enchanting beauty and enjoy the joy it brings to your home!





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