How to propagate a Calathea?

If you already have a Calathea you will only want more! But how to propagate a Calathea? We will explain this to you in detail in this article, because with its leaf pattern the Calathea is a real eye-catcher in your interior.

The Calathea family includes the following species:
– Calathea Orbifolia 
– Calathea Zebrina
– Calathea Rufibarba

What do you need to get started?

How to propagate a Calathea?

What a beautiful plant the Calanthea is with its unusual drawings on the leaves.

  1. A Calathea
  2. Small cutting pot
  3. Cuttings soil
  4. And a lot of patience

How can you tell if your Calathea is ready to be propagated?

Before you start taking cuttings it is good to see if your Calathea is ready for propagation. Luckily you can find this out fairly quickly with the Calathea family.
These plants produce new plant babies: small copies of the mother plant.

They do this as follows: Calatheas create new stems under the soil. After a while these stems emerge above the ground. These new stems are ideal for being cut. So, are there new stems in your pot? Then your plant is ready to go!

When is the best time to take a cutting from your Calathea?

Besides the fact that your Calathea needs to be ready, it is recommended to take cuttings in late spring or early summer. The reason for this is that this beautiful houseplant has the most amount of energy at this time.
It will need this energy to grow into a large, strong plant. Of course you want the mother plant and the cutting to survive this process.
In autumn or winter it is best to leave the plant alone.

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Now it’s waiting for them to grow as big as the mother plant!

How to propagate a Calathea?

It is time to repot your Calathea. To do this, choose a pot that will last it for the next year. You want to give your new plant some space. Moving is not a hobby of the Calathea, because it costs him a lot of energy. And say it yourself; this saves you a lot of energy too. 😉

The Calathea is not an easy plant to take cuttings from. You have to take it apart completely to separate the new roots from the mother plant. In the video below you can see how to separate the roots and how to repot your plant.

How to propagate a Calathea?

Step by step! watch this video first before you start yourself!

Some extra tips!

  • Finally, some tips that will increase the success of taking cuttings from your Calathea. The Calathea is not the easiest plant and it is important to give it a lot of love and attention after taking the cuttings.
  • Calathea’s love wet feet. Because you plant it in the late spring or early summer, it is important to keep the soil of the cutting moist. Giving it a little water twice a week is going to make it very happy!
  • The Calathea likes a place in the (semi) shade. No direct sun!
    >More about light requirement – Light Requirements for plants guide
  • The Calathea does like a warm place with high humidity. Avoid places where the Calathea is placed directly near a heater. The air is much too dry here. Maybe you have a nice spot in the bathroom?

After this article and video, maybe you’re a little bit discouraged? No worries! Think of the fact that you will soon have not óne but several beautiful Calathea plants! It is also better for your plant so if you are not doing it for yourself do it for his health.
I myself find it one of the nicest gifts to give! A cute mini plant, it costs you almost nothing – maybe a new pot, (thrift store!) – and it’s one of the greenest gifts to give!
Did I motivate you a little more again? 😉

  1. […] The Calathea also doesn’t mind a little daylight. You can safely place this plant in a bathroom with a small window. The Calathea originally comes from the jungles of the South American Amazon. Here the humidity is quite high and the amount of daylight quite low. The Calathea grows under larger plants and trees, so it is often in the shade. Although a spot in the bathroom makes it easier to care for the Calathea! >Wonder how to progagate your calathea? Read more! […]

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