Calathea Medallion - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, Ne
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Question by ppear2266
August 19, 2010
Plant was doing well. REcently leaves rolling in from edges to center. Avg. temp 72 degrees. Low sunlight. Kept consistently moist. Please advise. Thanks

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2010
Calathea Medallion, or zebra plant, is sensitive to drafts either from doors that open frequently, air conditioner or heater vents, or even drafts from a ceiling fan. It may be that your plant is unhappy because of this. Dry indoor air can also cause stress. Calatheas like bright, filtered light and soil that's moist but not soggy wet. If you keep the soil too moist, the roots can suffocate. You should allow the top of the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Although the top looks dry, water may be sitting at the bottom of the pot and keeping the roots too moist. The best way to tell when your plant needs water is to stick a pencil into the soil. When you pull it out and you find potting soil attached, the soil is still moist. If the pencil comes out dry, the soil is dry and it's time to water. Hope this helps you determine just what might be going on with your plant so you can make some adjustments.

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