Calathea Leopardina Care Guide


Also known as the Prayer Plant. The Calathea Leopardina is native to the tropical rainforests in South America.


Will likes bright indirect light or a medium light. He can tolerate a room with less natural light provided there is at least one window. Avoid placing Will near a south facing window or in a bright conservatory as too much direct sunlight will burn his foliage. Lighting-wise he pairs perfectly with our other Calatheas like Ollie.


Check Will’s soil every 5-6 days and only water when the first two inches of soil are dry. In the winter he may need a drink once every 8-10 days and in the summer once or twice a week. It’s always best to check the soil first before watering again.


Will loves humidity and must be placed in a humid room. Place Will with other humidity loving plants like Curly Wurly, Ollie and Pete to help increase humidity. Find out how you can increase humidity in your space here.


The perfect indoor temperature for Will is between 18-24°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C Will will be happy. He will not recover from cold damage so keep him warm.


Use a diluted fertiliser every 4-6 weeks in the spring and summer months. Do not fertilise in the winter months.


While Will is a fast grower he will only need repotting once you notice lots of roots sticking out of his nursery pot. Only re-pot him in the spring when he is actively growing.



Curling leaves - Curling leaves can be a sign of two things:

  1. Will is suffering from cold or heat stress. Keep him away from radiators and open windows.
  2. Will is ready for a drink, he will curl his leaves to indicate that he is thirsty. Always check the soil to make sure it is dry before you water again.

Drooping leaves - Will may droop this foliage when he is thirsty. It’s good to know that Calatheas will move with the light. He may seem droopy throughout the day and then stand up tall at night.

 Yellow leaves - The occasional yellow leaf is nothing to worry about. If this problem continues it might be worth reducing how often you water. In the winter months you might need to further reduce his watering schedule.

Brown edges: The brown edges could be caused by a variety of things. 

  1. The Calathea species has sensitive roots and will react badly to tap water. Filtered or rainwater is preferred. 
  2. Lack of humidity levels. Be sure that he is placed near a humidifier or a steamy bathroom.
  3. Although uncommon for most people, brown edges can indicate that Will is under watered and his foliage is drying out.


Top tip 1: Will is cold and draft sensitive. Keep him in a warm spot away from any open windows or radiators. 

Top tip 2: To find out more about Calathea care check out our ultimate Calathea guide here.

Top tip 3: Always use filtered or rain water as tap water can be too harsh for Will’s root system to handle.

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