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Jun 1, 2020 1:51 PM CST
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
I'm a brand new plant mom and I already feel like I'm failing my calathea medallion. Can anyone offer help?

Most of the leaves are really drooping, with the exception of a few at top. Some of the edges are both browning and yellowing. And the underside is losing it's beautiful red colour.

For care I've been watering with filtered lukewarm water, and a friend who has calatheas suggested misting twice a day. I get light but not direct sun (my plant is maybe a foot or two from the window). My pot has a drainage hole and I made sure to not let it sit in water. It's sitting next to a different kind of calathea that seems to be doing well.

What am I doing wrong? It's such a beautiful plant and I want to take good care of it. Thank you!
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Jun 2, 2020 1:44 AM CST
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Its a watering issue either over or under watering. If you can't tell which it its with your finger, then you may need to tip the plant out of the container and see which it is. Be very gentle and put your hand over the soil with the plant between your fingers and very gently tip it over and get a good look at the soil. If its too dry, then you know to water more between waterings, it the soil is too wet, then allow more time between waterings.
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Jun 2, 2020 7:54 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Welcome! I don't see a serious problem with your Calathea. The leaves are arching normally with older leaves doing so more than newer leaves. It s also normal for older, lower leaves to lose some of their healthy color and vitality.

If new leaves come in and remain healthy, then there is no need to change anything. Otherwise, some adjustments in watering may be necessary. How do you decide when to water?

MIsting does no harm but provides no benefits.
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Jun 2, 2020 1:14 PM CST
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
@WillC and @oneeyeluke thank you both so much for your help!

I test the soil with my finger, but since I'm a newbie at this my friend suggested an inexpensive water meter to help me get an idea of how often to water. I've only had my Calathea for about two weeks so I'm still trying to figure it out. No new leaves yet, though there are some stems that look like they're going to give me some. Fingers crossed!
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Jun 2, 2020 5:20 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Unfortunately, moisture meters are unreliable so don't rely on one. Use your fingers to pInch out some soil from the top half-inch and when it feels dusty dry, then water your plant thoroughly.
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May 3, 2022 3:59 PM CST

Have you tried a humidifier? Since Calathea likes humidity. Also does your pot has drainage for excess water. One more thing is you Calathea getting enough light ?
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May 6, 2022 6:53 AM CST
Name: Sara Wyatt
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Plantsinsights said: Have you tried a humidifier? Since Calathea likes humidity. Also does your pot has drainage for excess water. One more thing is you Calathea getting enough light ?
For appropriate humidifier , you can check this page.
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