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Calathea Illustris, known for its striking foliage and vibrant colors, can be an excellent addition to a terrarium setup. Proper care is essential to ensure the health and longevity of your plant in this environment. Below is a care guide tailored specifically for Calathea Illustris plugs in a terrarium:

  • Lighting:

    • Calathea Illustris thrives in bright, indirect light. Place your terrarium in a location with filtered sunlight or provide artificial lighting if natural light is insufficient.
    • Direct sunlight can scorch the delicate leaves, so avoid placing the terrarium in direct sunlight.
  • Temperature:

    • Maintain temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C) within the terrarium.
    • Avoid exposing the plant to cold drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations, as it can cause stress.
  • Humidity:

    • Calathea Illustris requires high humidity to thrive. Aim to maintain humidity levels between 60% to 70%.
    • Mist the plant regularly or use a humidifier to increase humidity levels within the terrarium.
    • Placing a tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the plant can also help increase humidity through evaporation.
  • Watering:

    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
    • Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the roots.
    • Avoid using water that is high in salts or chemicals, as Calathea Illustris is sensitive to mineral buildup.
  • Soil:

    • Plant Calathea Illustris in well-draining, peat-based potting mix. A mix formulated for tropical plants works well.
    • Ensure the terrarium has adequate drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Feed your Calathea Illustris with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer).
    • Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.
  • Pruning:

    • Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves promptly to maintain the plant's appearance and overall health.
    • Prune any leggy growth to encourage bushier growth.
  • Pests and Diseases:

    • Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
    • Ensure good air circulation within the terrarium to prevent fungal diseases.
  • Terrarium Maintenance:

    • Regularly clean the terrarium to prevent the buildup of dust and debris, which can hinder plant growth and promote pests.
    • Monitor the plant for signs of overcrowding and consider repotting if necessary to provide ample space for growth.

By following these care guidelines, you can create an optimal environment for your Calathea Illustris plug to thrive in your terrarium, adding beauty and vibrancy to your indoor space.

Calathea Illustris

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