Calathea Flowers: Everything You Need to Know

Calathea Flower
Calathea Flower (Source: Flora Store)

Calathea plants are a must-have plant if you are an avid plant enthusiast. They have unique leaf patterns and leaf movements.

Wait, that’s not it; we haven’t even talked about the best part yet! Their flowers. Calathea has beautiful blooms that add beauty to its already stunning look.

Calathea plant produces yellow, white, and purple flowers throughout the summer. Calathea flowers frequently in the wild, although they rarely blossom indoors. Add some fertilizers and meet the optimum conditions required to make it the flower in the fall.

Calathea Flower
Calathea Flower (Source: Seeds Gallery)

You need to focus on specific sectors if you want to see your Calathea bloom correctly.

Let’s dive deeper into learning about Calathea flowers.

Do Calathea Flower Indoors?

We are about to discuss Calathea flowers, but this question must be lingering in your mind: “Do Calathea flower indoors?”

Well, let us burst that bubble of yours. Calathea actually does flower indoors.

Calathea-flower
Calathea Flower (Source: Wikimedia)

But, to witness blooming, you must live in the jungle among the trees and a colony of Calathea as they do not tend to flower indoors.

So, here is what you need to do: Try to emulate the environment of the jungle in your home and provide all the conditions that Calathea needs to flower.

There is a variety of Calathea called Calathea crocata (also known as “Flowering Calathea”) that produces pretty, orange flowers indoors.

This variety of Calathea sends all its prettiness to the flower, so the foliage is not as good as other Calatheas. People grow it for its flower.

When the plant blooms, it does so during the months of spring, summer, and sometimes during fall when the conditions are met.

The Calathea blossoms are very long-lasting, lasting two to three months.

The most important thing to remember about Calathea flowers is to keep water away from them when you spritz the leaves to produce humidity.

You can also compel the Calathea crocata to bloom by mimicking the natural circumstances that encourage blooming.

Beautiful Orange Bloom of Calathea crocata
Beautiful Orange Bloom of Calathea crocata (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Overview of Calathea Flower

Let’s look at the general overview of the Calathea flower.

StructureAsymmetric Structure with 3 sepals and 3 petals.
Size30 centimeters to 60 centimeters
ColorWhite, purple, yellow, orange
FragranceLight citrus fragrance
ToxicityNon-toxic
LifespanAbout 2-3 months
FruitsDehiscent fruit known as capsules.
Blooming SeasonSpring to late summer

You must be fortunate to be able to see Calathea’s flower. Once they sprout, you don’t need to do anything extra to keep them intact.

Calathea bracts are usually more appealing than the blooms. Calathea flower bracts come in a variety of shapes, ranging from Listening Beehive to Rattlesnake Tail.

Calathea Flower
Calathea Flower (Source: Pixabay)

Bees and other insects are the primary pollinators of Calathea blooms. Hummingbirds consume the Calathea fruit and scatter the seeds across the forest.

Just resume your regular care and tend to the plant’s requirements, and the flower will live its lifespan. The bonus benefit this plant offers is that it is safe for pets.

According to ASPCA, Calathea flower is non-toxic to your dogs, cats, and horses as well.

You do not need to protect your pets from the plant’s flowers. But hey, you may need to protect your flower from pets. You wouldn’t want the pets to rip off the beautiful flowers.

There is another crucial thing about Calathea. The plant symbolizes ‘a new beginning’. So, you can gift the flower to someone special if they are starting something new.

Should You Let Your Calathea Flower?

If your lucky stars are shining, you might be able to witness your plant flower. The blooms will prove to be highly pleasing to the eyes.

But not every flower has a positive effect on the plant. Some flowers are the plant’s way of showing stress.

Another problem is that some plant enthusiasts do not want their plants to bloom as the blooms require nutrients, and they supposedly take the nutrients directed to the foliage.

But when it comes to Calathea, it is safe to let your plant flower. This plant blooms when it is healthy, not when it is stressed.

Calathea Flower
Calathea Flower (Source: Pixabay)

Whether you should or shouldn’t let this plant flower depends on the variety of your Calathea.

If you really want a Calathea with beautiful bloom, we suggest you go for Calathea crocata. This plant guarantees gorgeous flowers, but you may have to compromise on the foliage.

Note: If your calathea blooms inside, you can “deadhead” the blossoms as they fade for the same benefits as removing withered leaves.

Just like you would when pruning foliage, clip off the stem of each dead flower at the base.

Overall, it doesn’t hurt to let your plant bloom unless you are too hardy about sharing the nutrients and resources.

How to Make Your Calathea Flower?

If caring for a Calathea can be pretty irritating to you sometimes, growing a flower will for sure take a toll on you.

You need to fulfill specific care requirements to make your Calathea bloom. Let’s look at them.

  • Calatheas are too sensitive about the quality of water they get. Always use lukewarm water for watering the plant.
  • Avoid using tap water; use filtered or distilled water instead.
  • Water only when the top two inches of the soil is dry. Calatheas prefer damp but not soggy soil.
  • Invest in a moisture meter and humidifier. These instruments will keep you aware of the plant’s moisture needs and help you manage the moisture.
Illustrations of plants under grow light with a humidifier
Illustrations of plants with a humidifier (Source: Stocklib)
  • Always try and keep the humidity above 60%. You can group your Calathea plant with other plants to create a humidity-sharing environment. Or, you can keep a wet pebble tray around your plant.
  • Check the plants properly before grouping them together. Sharing humidity is good, but sharing pests and diseases is a disaster.
  • Light also plays a significant role in making your plant bloom. It would be best to focus on the light’s quality, quantity, and duration. Calathea prefers indirect but bright light.
  • Soil is equally essential to make the plant bloom. Create a mixture of 40% coco coir, 40% perlite, and 20% potting soil for your plant.
  • Keep the environment warm around the plant. A temperature ranging from 65°F to 80°F is ideal for making the plant bloom.
  • You can use standard houseplant fertilizer that is rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus induces bloom in plants.
  • Spraying your plant with fish-based emulsion encourages growth as well.

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What to do With Calathea Flowers?

You have invested your time, done the hard work, and now you are rewarded with a beautiful bloom. Congratulations! But, now what?

This question lingers in most people’s minds. But, take a back seat, take a chill pill, and you can let the bloom breathe for a while.

Cute Calathea plant in a pot
Calathea Plant (Source: Tenor)

Or, you may want to cut the flowers off the plant. Cutting off the flowers in early spring may encourage the plant to bloom throughout summer.

If you choose to cut the flower off the plant, make sure you do it correctly.

  • Morning is always the best time to cut the flowers. Flowers wake up fresh after cruising in the cool night air. Also, they are full of moisture.
  • Use sharp cutting tools (knives, pruning shears) and sterilize them properly before diving into the cutting process.
  • Gently grab the flower in your hand and cut it about an inch from the bottom of the main stem.
  • Cut at the angle of 45° and make sure you do not harm the neighboring stems in the process.
  • Do not cut the peduncles of the flower as they are pivotal for the flower’s growth next year.

Uses of Calathea Flowers

Calathea plant is important as a decor item and an air purifier. But the benefits do not end there as its flowers are essential too.

Let’s look at a few of the uses of Calathea flowers.

  • A genus of Calathea Guinea Arrowroot or Calathea allouia has crispy sweet tubers that rival the taste of sweet corn.
  • Certain varieties of Calathea have good aromatic qualities and are used in salads.
  • Arrowroot plants like Calathea are said to cure disorders in the stomach.
  • Some people keep the Calathea flower for its citrusy and pleasant fragrance.
  • Calathea flowers are kept in homes for their beautiful and decorative look.
Calathea Crocata Flowering
Calathea Crocata Flowering (Source: Flickr)

Conclusion

It may be hard to witness Calathea flower, but you are in for a treat if you are lucky enough.

You may need to be extra careful with the conditions you provide the plant if you want to have any shot at bearing flowers.

May you bloom like your Calathea!

You may want to read more about Calathea? Read about Rufibarba, White Star, Orbifolia, 7 Calathea Benefits, Calathea Plant Problems, and Their Solutions

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