The Best Way to Water Your Calathea, Maranta & Ctenanthe
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BEFORE YOU WATER
These plants love water and do not like to dry out completely. Feel the top soil: it can be slightly dry to a bit moist, but not wet, when watering it again. Squeeze a bit of soil between your fingers - if water seeps out it’s still wet.
If the soil is wet - snooze this action, we will remind you again in 2 days.
“Even if Calathea, Maranta & Ctenanthe love water, they don’t like to have their roots standing in water, so make sure your plant is planted in a pot with holes. ” — PLANTA PRO TIP
There are several ways to water your plant. Choose a way that suits you the best:
WATER OVER THE SOIL
Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap
Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes
If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water
If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back
Fill the plant tray with water
Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray
Wait for about 10 minutes
Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray
If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray
Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess
Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.
Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water
Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water
The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped
Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off
Put your plant back in the cachepot or on the tray
After 1 hour, check that your plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot
“Calathea, Maranta & Ctenanthe love the perfect balance between wet and dry soil. They don’t like to dry out completely and they don’t want to be overwatered.” — PLANTA PRO TIP