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Calathea - Leaf colour

mqaudermqauder Posts: 3
edited August 2018 in Plants
I have a Calathea plant and some of the leaves are a very light green. I don't water it too often (letting the soil dry out between watering) and keep it in a relatively light room across from a window but not in direct sunlight. Can anyone tell me if why some of the leaves are so light in colour and if this is a bad thing?I've attached a photo for reference. Thanks.


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    Calatheas like shade and moisture. It shouldn't really be allowed to dry out for more than the top inch of soil before watering again and they like to be misted regularly in a dry room.
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  • mqaudermqauder Posts: 3
    Does that mean that the bottom layer of soil should be slightly damp then?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,623
    Yes, that's where the roots go looking for moisture and food.

    Best to water by dunking the pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles appear and then let it drain till it stops dripping.  That way you know the compost is moist but not sodden.   Every now and again put it under the shower to remove dust from the leaves.
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  • mqaudermqauder Posts: 3
    Thanks, I'll do that from now on.
    Is the water issue what's causing the light leaves then?
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