Hello. I can not get my Calathea to uncurl her leaves. It all started mid winter. Here in Ohio, we tend to have more grey days than sunny, which I thought was the reason. But come May, she's still curled. I tried repotting her in a slightly larger pot, but that hasn't changed her condition. I've also kept the soil wet, but not soggy. I have her sitting on a try of pebbles with a little water, next to a south window. Any suggestions? I was going to prune her down to the soil, but thought I'd try you guys first. Most of the leaves that are curled are not bad, which is what made me hesitant on cutting them off. Thanks for reading and for any advice.
Sad Calathea, Rattlesnake Plant
It's hard to tell from a distance but the plant may have head/dry damage. It can happen when it gets cold and your heat is high. Increase humidity as best as possible and make sure you occasionally give the plant a good dose of water so that there are no dry zones in the root zone.
I agree with the 'it looks too dry' idea, and can suggest that these plants are native to very moist, warm, humid climates. It probably did not like the dry heating that happened through the winter.
Make sure the soil drains really well, but yes, keep it fairly moist.
The tray of damp pebbles might not be enough. Can you make a grouping of several plants?
Can you show a closer pic of a single leaf? That pic is too small to see any details, at least to my eyes.
Thank you all for your replies. Here is a closer pic. Hopefully this one is better. If not, let me know and I'll try again. Since my initial post, I've been misting every day, in addition to the pebbles. I also water heavily and make sure the soil drains well. It does. Is it possible for it to come back after being too dry?
Yes, it is possible. It also may toast. Keep doing what you are doing. Don't overwater either. Give it several days between, if not a week. Use your finger in the soil to figure out if its still wet or dry. Personally, I'd put the whole plant in the shower with a light cool but not cold shower but the misting should do fine.
This plant looks like its' roots are rotting. Keeping any plant in "wet but not soggy" peat constantly is the best way I know to kill it. I would encourage you to read the sticky at the top of the forum, "good growing practices."
After a period of time, tap water chemicals can build up as well, causing issues for even plants not notoriously sensitive although Calathea probably is, IDK. It's pretty fussy about everything.
Misting can only increase the ambient humidity slightly, while the water you misted evaporates. In an open room, the dissipation will likely nullify the effect, especially if there is any movement of the air from a fan or air conditioning.
Do you have an east window this plant could go near? First thing in the morning, there are rays, but they are weaker and without the heat.
That is absolutely beautiful. I've been trying to find one with that leaf pattern. So pretty, now that we can see those beautiful leaves!
I really love those, too. I have been keeping my eye out for them, but no luck locally. Maybe there's a mail order source. I'll look and check back if I find one.
The curly leaves suggest either it is too dry or that it has root rot. Calatheas prefer evenly moist soil so if the rootball is not getting enough moisture, the leaves will curl. If you have been overwatering, some of the roots may have rotted and the plant is struggling.