Calathea makoyana care guide

In this guide you'll learn: How to care for your Calathea makoyana plant and
answers to FAQs to keep your plant happy

The Calathea Makoyana is an enchanting, rare, tropical houseplant with wonderfully beautiful leaves and a traditional South American past. Originating in Brazil, the spectacularly patterned leaves of this plant thrive in its natural habitat of low light, high humidity and dappled shade from the warm and inviting jungles of its native habitat. The quilting on each leaf has deep purples and greens, giving it a unique marbling look.

The Calathea Makoyana is exceedingly popular with indoor jungle fanatics, as it requires a certain level of care and attention to thrive, making it a conversation piece for any home. If you have the right environment for this enchanting plant, you will find yourself mesmerised by its vibrant colours and shapes.

Tips for nurturing your Calathea Makoyana


This plant loves bright, diffused light and can be kept in bright spots away from direct sunlight.


The Calathea Makoyana prefers temperatures between 18-22°C (64-75°F). Avoid any temperature extremes and ensure the area the plant is kept in is draft-free.

Soil Type and Drainage

This plant enjoys light and airy well-drained soil in a pot with drainage holes. A soil mix of two parts potting mix and one-part perlite works well.


The Calathea Makoyana loves humid conditions, so regular misting should be done to keep the humidity around the plant high. Alternatively, group the plant near other plants to increase the humidity, use a bathroom fan, or place the pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water.


This plant requires regular watering and should be allowed to dry out before rewatering. Using filtered and room-temperature water is also recommended.


This plant is slightly toxic to humans, cats and dogs, so due care should be taken when handling this plant.


The Calathea Makoyana should be fertilised every few weeks using a diluted, balanced houseplant fertiliser to ensure healthy growth.

Troubleshooting pests, diseases and common problems

Spider mites and mealybugs can often affect the Calathea Makoyana. To prevent infestations, regularly inspect the underside of the leaves. If pests are present, swab them off with rubbing alcohol. Calathea Makoyana is sometimes affected by root rot. Ensure the soil is not soggy, and the pot has drainage holes. If infected, be sure to prune any affected roots and apply a fungicide. Yellowing leaves and wilting can be caused by over or underwatering. Check the roots for soggy areas and use a moisture meter to determine if the soil is too dry.


Propagating the Calathea Makoyana is best done when the plant becomes overcrowded. To do this, clip a stem, place it in potting mix, and moisten it with a spray bottle. Keep moist and provide bright, indirect light or dappled shade.

Final Thoughts

A genuinely mesmerising addition to any home, the Calathea Makoyana is a luscious, tropical houseplant with captivating foliage and vibrant colours that requires diligent care and attention. Nurturing and maintaining its unique environment is essential to keeping this rare plant looking its best. With the proper knowledge and care, you will be rewarded with a healthy and beautiful plant.

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A passionate plant lover and houseplant connoisseur with a rich family background in horticulture. With experience in plant nurseries and garden centers, Jonathan has cultivated a diverse collection of leafy friends and explored native flora on adventures such as trips to South America. His mission is to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for plants, creating a greener and happier world for all.

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