Houseplants forum→Calathea leaf crinkled

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May 17, 2020 10:51 AM CST
The leaves of my Calathea are sort of misshapen and crinkled, with the ones not so serious having just a little at the back but one was completely deformed. What could this be? I was thinking leaf curl fungus, but apparently that's peaches only.

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Name: Lin Vosbury
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May 17, 2020 11:18 AM CST
Hi PlantKiller192, Welcome!

Your plant is related to Calathea, but it's the Never-Never Plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor')

Curling leaves can be caused by numerous things and you don't mention where you live (state or country) but the problem is likely due to a lack of sufficient humidity. This plant requires consistent temperatures above 65F as well as above average humidity. To raise the humidity around the plant, sit the pot on a tray of moist pebbles, adding additional water as it evaporates.

Ctenanthe requires very bright, indirect light (no direct sun), consistently damp but not overly wet soil. Hard water that contains salts and minerals is detrimental to the health of the plant so if you are using tap water, you may want to switch to using distilled water or rain water.

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