Ask a Question forum: Help me help my Calathea Rufibarba!

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Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
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marialerma
Feb 21, 2018 7:04 PM CST
I've had this plant since last fall, and she's never looked very well, but I'm positive she has the potential to grow beautifully! I try to keep her soil moist (tap water) and mist her leaves every morning, and her leaves have browned at the tips and have shriveled inward. She sits at a NE facing window!

Thank you for any tips and tricks!

Here are some pictures Smiling :

I love coming here for help, as I don't know many others who'd know what to tell me about my plants!

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Feb 21, 2018 7:10 PM CST
My first guess is tap water is the problem. Misting won't help. If you thing it needs more humidity, set it on a tray full of pebbles/ gravel that can hold water. Hard or chlorinated water is a no- no for lots of plants, so rain water or RO/distilled water may solve the problem.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 21, 2018 8:00 PM CST
Maria - Where do you have your Calathea located relative to the nearest window? Is it right on the windowsill or off to the side or a ways away? What is your watering routine - how often and how much?
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Feb 21, 2018 8:33 PM CST
I wondered about the watering too. The soil looks a bit dry around the sides.
Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
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marialerma
Feb 21, 2018 8:54 PM CST
The plant is on the sill to the right, and the sun comes up and hits the window on the left in the mornings for a little bit, so she doesn't receive anything directly! My watering routine is rather bad with this plant now that I think about it, intermittently dousing when I feel the soil begin dry slightly.

Should I water it until the water drips out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, and then wait for it to dry until watering again? I'll also look into purchasing some distilled water!
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
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Frenchy21
Feb 21, 2018 10:35 PM CST
Yes about the watering. Smiling You don't want the plant to get too dry. Looks like the leaves are drying out a bit.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 22, 2018 3:42 PM CST
Water when the soil feels almost dry or still slightly damp. Distilled water is only necessary if your tap water is on the hard side.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
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marialerma
Feb 22, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Roger that! I'll regulate watering! I dunno what I was thinkin before hand that she required a different watering method than all my other plants (water when dry), so thank y'all for the nudge in right direction!

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