Plant Care Calathea Musaica

Calathea Musaica

4.9 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Calathea Musaica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Calathea Musaica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Calathea Musaica

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! 😴

Taxonomy

Goeppertia kegeljanii 'PP0005'
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Network Calathea kegeljanii, Calathea musaica, Calathea musaica 'Network', Calathea musaica 'Network and Calathea Network

How to care for Calathea Musaica

💦 Water

How often to water your Calathea Musaica

Water needs for Calathea Musaica
0.5 cups
every 9

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

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Calathea Musaica

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Calathea Musaica in your home

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

Calathea Musaica 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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Calathea Musaica in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Calathea Musaica

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calathea Musaica: 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 Musaica after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Calathea Musaica can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Calathea Musaica →

Common Calathea Musaica Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Calathea Musaica prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calathea Musaica Water Frequency →

Calathea Musaica Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Calathea Musaica may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Calathea Musaica Light Requirements →

Calathea Musaica Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Calathea Musaica prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Calathea Musaica Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Calathea Musaica is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Calathea Musaica →


💩 Fertilizer

Calathea Musaica should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Calathea Musaica is native to Tropical Americas.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Calathea Musaica grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Calathea Musaica →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Calathea Musaica can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Calathea Musaica Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Calathea Musaica can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Calathea Musaica →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Calathea Musaica

Calathea Musaica

Calathea Musaica


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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 Musaica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Calathea Musaica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Calathea Musaica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Calathea Musaica has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Calathea Musaica has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Megan avatar
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leaf-1 32 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

I think this is one of the easier calathea tbh. Doesn’t seem to be as picky about water and whatnot.

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@@Gardenista
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Nashville, TN
06/15/2021

This is one of my favorite plants because of how striking the leaves are! It’s fairly easy to take care of too. :)

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