Plant Care Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

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Calathea picturata 'Argentea' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Calathea picturata 'Argentea' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

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 picturata 'Argentea'
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

How to care for Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

💦 Water

How often to water your Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

Water needs for Calathea picturata 'Argentea'
0.5 cups
every 9

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Calathea picturata 'Argentea' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calathea picturata 'Argentea': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' Water Frequency →

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' Light Requirements →

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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.

Best Soil Mix for Calathea picturata 'Argentea' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Calathea picturata 'Argentea' →


💩 Fertilizer

Calathea picturata 'Argentea' 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 picturata 'Argentea' is native to Tropical Americas.


🧐 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 picturata 'Argentea'

Calathea picturata 'Argentea'

Calathea picturata 'Argentea'


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 picturata 'Argentea' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Calathea picturata 'Argentea' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Calathea picturata 'Argentea' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@BJoyce avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,343 XP
globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

She hates me but I love her

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leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

A little bit dramatic. On the more dramatic side for calathea, but beautiful leaves when it’s happy.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe Prague
07/10/2021

Need for high humidity level and enough of indirect sun light. She doesn’t like to be bottom-watered and prefers her soil constantly moist. Rain-water is the best choice to use.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@RJG avatar
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leaf-1 136 Plants
xp 203,416 XP
globe Austin, TX
05/30/2021

Love this calathea!

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

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