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Calathea

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How much and how to water the calathea

The calathea, otherwise known also as "calatea", has tropical origins, motivation for which the humidity of the environment that surrounds it is of fundamental importance in its cultivation. The land must be checked very often. You must absolutely avoid that they are dry for too long. Consequently, watering must take place fairly regularly, providing significant water quantities in spring and summer and drastically decreased doses in winter. However, the substrates must never be excessively soaked. This occurs because the plant is very afraid of water stagnation which can cause very serious diseases or lead to its death by rotting the root. Since the environmental humidity is very important, it is essential to spray the calathea relatively often.


The cultivation and care of calathea

The cultivation of calathea is really quite complicated, since it is a very delicate plant. Soils must be rich and light. To these it is necessary to add very little pumice stone in order to make them more draining. It is advisable to place the pot on pebbles of expanded clay always well wet so that the roots can benefit from a slightly damp soil. At the same time, evaporation contributes significantly to the correct environmental humidity which is constantly adequate. The dry leaves must be periodically eliminated, uprooting them at the base. The cleaning of the leaves is very important and to be performed with a microfibre cloth. Every 2-3 years it is necessary to proceed with repotting because the roots need a lot of space.

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