Grown in USDA Zone 10-11, the Calathea ornata is a small shrub growing between 2-5 ft in height, native to Columbia and Ecuador. Its striking ornamental foliage, a dark green with pink stripes, is the main reason it is a highly sought-after houseplant today.
When caring for your Calathea, regular watering is essential, as an overly dry or waterlogged environment will easily damage to your plant. Do not leave the roots soaked, as it can encourage rot. Since Calatheas do best in semi-shade, make sure it is kept in a shaded area, especially if it is year-round.
When it comes to colder regions, it's essential to grow your Calathea in a pot that allows it to be moved indoors in the winter. Keep the roots in well-drained soil, as with other regions, and provide it with somewhat warmer temperatures in the winter. The air should also be kept relatively humid for the Calathea's best health.
To keep your Calathea ornata in a healthy condition, adding an organic fertilizer to the soil on a regular basis is a great way to make sure it is thriving in its environment. Additionally, misting the plant on a regular basis (preferably in the morning) helps to keep the delicate foliage looking fresh and also provides extra humidity for the plant.
With the right amount of care and attention, Calathea ornata is an ideal choice for a houseplant that will liven up any interior and provide a functional pop of color and texture to the home.