Plant Care Calathea Vittata

Calathea Vittata

4.3 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Calathea Vittata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Calathea Vittata

Many of the houseplants we used to know as Calatheas now belong to the genus Goeppertia (say that three times fast). These plants have delightfully patterned leaves that come in all sorts of colors and shapes! Commonly known as prayer plants, the leaves of some species fold up at night through a process called nyctinasty meaning night movement! 😴


Goeppertia 'Vittata'

Also known as

Calathea elliptica and Geoppertia elliptica 'Vittata'

How to care for Calathea Vittata


How often to water your Calathea Vittata

Water needs for Calathea Vittata
0.5 cups
every 9

Calathea Vittata needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Calathea Vittata

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Calathea Vittata in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calathea Vittata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Calathea Vittata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Calathea Vittata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calathea Vittata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Calathea Vittata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Calathea Vittata

Calathea Vittata

Calathea Vittata

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Calathea Vittata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Calathea Vittata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Calathea Vittata has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Calathea Vittata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Calathea Vittata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

Well, it’s a calathea. So yes, it can be pretty dramatic. In my experience this variety does a pretty good job at hanging on through tough times though.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 1,182 XP
globe Fort Lauderdale, FL

Beautiful leaves, but not maroon on back. Nice and full and not leggy at all. It’s a little fussy about water and grow lights work nicely. Of course, needs humidity but near other plants helps that.

Fast grower Fast grower
@soogie avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 140 XP

very epic

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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