Plant Care Goeppertia Orbifolia
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Goeppertia Orbifolia

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Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Round-leaf Calathea, Round-leaf Calathea, Goeppertia orbifolia, Calathea Orbifolia, Orbifolia, Peacock Plant and Calathea

Taxonomy

Calathea orbifolia
Calathea
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

How to care for Goeppertia Orbifolia

Water

How often to water your Goeppertia Orbifolia

Water needs for Goeppertia Orbifolia
0.5 cups
every 9

Goeppertia Orbifolia 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 Goeppertia Orbifolia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Round-leaf Calathea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Goeppertia Orbifolia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Goeppertia Orbifolia 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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Goeppertia Orbifolia

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

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Care Summary for Goeppertia Orbifolia

Goeppertia Orbifolia

Goeppertia Orbifolia


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

Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 25
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 15
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Goeppertia Orbifolia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Bigshe64 avatar
@Bigshe64
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 572 XP
globe Ephrata, Pennsylvania
09/29/2021

Finicky with water and humidity, but worth the trouble.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Ella avatar
@Ella
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 275 XP
globe Leeds, England
09/07/2021

I love my calthea I just really hope it doesn’t die

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Nikki1 avatar
@Nikki1
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,531 XP
globe Woolwich Township, New Jersey
08/30/2021

She didn't do well shipping. Hoping mines adjusts well and begins sprouting new leaves.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Claudia avatar
@Claudia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Edinburgh, Scotland
08/05/2021

i love her she’s so pretty

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Claudia avatar
@Claudia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Edinburgh, Scotland
08/05/2021

i love her she’s so pretty

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Amy avatar
@Amy
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP
globe New York
07/11/2021

Use room temperature water, not tap! I made this mistake once and my leaves started browning. When I went back to room temperature water, my plant baby was happy again :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Jade31 avatar
@Jade31
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP
globe Stoke-on-Trent, England
06/17/2021

Stunning leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Nostalg.iia
leaf-1 68 Plants
xp 969 XP
06/16/2021

I have had this plant for a month or so and I have found it so hard to keep it happy, it has already lost a leaf. I have learnt that they like distilled water or rainwater, good drainage. However I have not found what this plant likes enough to keep it healthy yet :/

Browns easily Browns easily
Sarahsplants avatar
@Sarahsplants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 69 XP
05/30/2021

Beautiful big leaves and arguably the queen of my indoor jungle but of all the calatheas I’ve looked after, the Orbifolia is definitely the biggest diva. Can get crispy edges super easily so only water with rain water or filtered water and mist, mist, mist!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantsong avatar
@Plantsong
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 2,465 XP
05/22/2021

Mine seems to not like direct light. It’s a slow grower and like others have said, they brown easily.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Drdrey avatar
@Drdrey
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,577 XP
05/19/2021

This is one of my favourite looking plants, however I’ve had a lot of issues with browning (more than any other calathea I have) and I’ve not seen the rate of growth I would like to. Bigger plants are soooo gorgeous though it’s super worth trying, but i don’t recommend getting a small one - get it already mid sized.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Egotopia avatar
@Egotopia
leaf-1 115 Plants
xp 5,123 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
05/18/2021

Gotta keep the humidity high to make this one happy. Mine doesn’t get any direct sunlight but sits about 3 feet away from a west facing window. Check your leaves frequently, spider mites love these things.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Annakatklein
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 543 XP
globe Spring, Texas
04/28/2021

Beautiful plant that likes moisture. Leaves are gorgeous and just overall great

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Alex avatar
@Alex
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 4,061 XP
globe New York
04/01/2021

I love Mando my Calathea. Adorable new bright green striped leaves, grows quickly when 3ft or so from a south-facing window. BUT it browns soooo easily. I think anybody who grows calatheas should be prepared for brown tips and accept their plant with all of its imperfections (like ourselves 😊)

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Sharon avatar
@Sharon
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 1,937 XP
globe Austin, Texas
03/12/2021

Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but this is the one plant in my house that I struggle the most. No matter what I do, the leaves just keep on browning. I added pebble tray, water attentively, and use water that I leave sitting overnight. It doesn’t grow much (maybe it’s not the season?) I’m afraid to add fertilizer because it’s so sensitive.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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