The Calathea is originally from the dense tropics of South America. Since very little sunlight reaches the plant in this environment, it also prefers a relatively dark spot in your home. The perfect spot for the Calathea, which is also called “shadow plant”, is partial shade. This makes the Calathea very suitable for dark bedrooms or bathrooms, or simply for a dark corner in the living room.
Since Calatheas are native to tropical lands, their care is a bit different. Like the shady floors of the tropical canopies, this genus prefers low to medium light. Too much direct sunlight can damage their fragile leaves. Signs of too much sun exposure may result in sunburn or dullness in the color of the leaves. Along with light preferences, these plants require high humidity to mimic their natural habitat. Though, high humidity does not necessarily equate to a lot of water. Calatheas should be kept moist, but not wet. Over or under watering these finicky plants can lead to brown dry leaves. With tropical plants, temperature is a very important part. Calatheas prefer temperatures 60° F / 15°C and above to support healthy growth. In ample conditions, Calatheas can grow up to three feet in height with wide leaves. Though they are slow growers, once they reach their ultimate height they will stop growing.