Calathea Vandenheckei/ Calathea Picturata ‘Vandenheckei’ (Single plant)


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Calathea vandenheckei, also known as Calathea picturata ‘Vandenheckei,’ is a beautiful and popular variety of Calathea. It is known for its striking, decorative foliage and is a favorite among houseplant enthusiasts. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for Calathea vandenheckei:

  1. Foliage: The most distinctive feature of Calathea vandenheckei is its attractive foliage. The leaves are typically elliptical and feature bold patterns of dark green markings on a lighter green background. The undersides of the leaves are often maroon or purple, adding to their visual appeal.
  2. Light: Calathea vandenheckei prefers bright, indirect light. It should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves. Inadequate light can lead to reduced growth and less vibrant foliage.
  3. Temperature: Maintain a warm and humid environment for your Calathea vandenheckei. They thrive in temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Avoid exposing them to drafts or sudden temperature changes.
  4. Humidity: These plants appreciate high humidity levels. To increase humidity, you can use a humidity tray, a room humidifier, or mist the plant regularly. This helps prevent leaf edges from browning.
  5. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Always use water that is at room temperature or slightly warmer, as cold water can shock the plant.
  6. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with good moisture retention. A mix that contains peat, perlite, and composted bark is suitable.
  7. Fertilization: During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your Calathea vandenheckei with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the dormant winter months.
  8. Potting: Repot your Calathea vandenheckei when it becomes root-bound or every 2-3 years. Choose a slightly larger pot and fresh potting mix.
  9. Pruning: Trim any dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s appearance.
  10. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and mealybugs, which can sometimes affect Calathea species. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate measures.

Calathea vandenheckei is valued not only for its stunning foliage but also for its air-purifying qualities, making it a popular choice for indoor spaces. With proper care and attention to its specific needs, you can enjoy the beauty of this Calathea variety in your home.


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