Houseplants forum: Calathea ornata

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Apr 9, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Hi there,

I have a beautiful Calathea ornata that I recently repotted into what I had hoped would be its home for a while. I recently read that Calathea prefer snug root systems and this pot is far too large! Is it safe for me to downsize the pot size now? I would be doing this two weeks after I transferred into its current too-large home.

There is enough soil in the current pot to fill the new pot completely, so I don't think I will run the risk of overfertilization.
Name: Sally
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Apr 9, 2017 8:40 PM CST
I've never understood how plants can live in the ground where they come from, yet 'not live' in a pot that's too big. Rather, pots too big tend to go with soil too wet, which leads to suffocating roots.
My vote is leave it where it is, do not fertilize right now, water with care.

Here's a blog about this plant
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[Last edited by sallyg - Apr 10, 2017 5:37 AM (+)]
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