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Calathea ornata, also known as the Pinstripe Calathea, is a stunning tropical plant known for its unique pinstripe-like patterns on its leaves. When kept in a large terrarium, this plant can thrive in a controlled environment, creating a beautiful and lush display. Here's a care sheet to help you ensure the well-being of your Calathea ornata in a terrarium:

  • Light: Place the terrarium in a location with bright, indirect light. Calathea ornata prefers filtered light or partial shade to avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. Too much direct light can lead to leaf curling and browning.

  • Temperature: Maintain a warm and consistent temperature between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations and cold drafts, as they can stress the plant.

  • Humidity: Calathea ornata thrives in high humidity levels. Aim for a humidity level of around 60% to 70%. To increase humidity, mist the plant regularly or use a humidity tray filled with water. Placing a hygrometer inside the terrarium can help you monitor humidity levels accurately.

  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry. Calathea ornata is sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Avoid allowing the soil to dry out completely, as it can lead to leaf curling and brown edges.

  • Soil: Use a well-draining and aerated potting mix that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well for Calathea ornata.

  • Fertilization: Feed the plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring and summer) every 2 to 4 weeks. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the dormant period (fall and winter).

  • Pruning: Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves promptly to maintain the plant's health and appearance. You can use clean and sharp scissors or pruning shears for this task.

  • Terrarium Placement: Position the Calathea ornata away from the edges of the terrarium to avoid potential temperature fluctuations or damage from glass. Choose a spot where it can receive adequate light without being exposed to direct sunlight.

  • Terrarium Environment: Ensure the terrarium provides a well-ventilated environment to prevent excessive humidity buildup, which can lead to fungal issues. Additionally, avoid overcrowding the terrarium with other plants to allow sufficient space for each plant to grow and thrive.

  • Pest Control: Regularly inspect the plant for pests such as spider mites or aphids. If you notice any signs of infestation, isolate the affected plant and treat it with an appropriate natural or chemical insecticide, following the product instructions carefully.

By following these care guidelines, you can create an ideal environment for your Calathea ornata pinstripe in the terrarium, ensuring its growth, health, and the preservation of its striking foliage.

calathea ornata sanderiana / pinstriped L potted

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