How to look after and grow your Calathea 'LittleHope'

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Thick, serrated, glossy green leaves that packs a punch, the Little Hope is a plant that likes a shady, tropical-like home. Here’s everything you need to know to keep this variety of Philodendron happy, healthy and growing.

Light

Prefers bright or medium indirect light

It can adjust to lower levels of light, but will grow slower and turn darker green

Avoid harsh direct sunlight that may burn your plant’s leaves

 

Water

Water about once a week, when the topsoil is just dry to the touch

Mist between waterings to provide humidity

 

Growth

In prime conditions, the Little Hope grows relatively fast and can reach up to two feet in height

Fertilize once a month using a diluted dose during spring and summer

 

COMMON PROBLEMS

Yellow leaves 

Symptom: pale yellow leaves, or new leaves unfurling pale or yellow

Cause: in most cases, the cause of yellow leaves is overwatering. While the Little Hope likes moisture, it does not want too much or to become waterlogged. If the plant is not overwatered, it’s possible that the plant is exposed to too much light.

Remedy: ensure that the soil is not waterlogged. Remove from it's pot and have a little look at the roots. If they are soaked or emit a bad smell then it’s possible your plant has root rot and you will need to repot it. If it’s just slightly damp, leave the plant in a well ventilated area with plenty of indirect sunlight and hold off on watering.

Brown tips

Symptom: edges and tips of plant are brown and dry or crispy

Cause: not enough water

Remedy: give your plant a thorough shower, allowing all the roots to have a chance to drink and refresh. Wait until water has drained before returning to decorative pot.

Brown spots

Symptom: wet or soggy brown spots on new and or old leaves

Cause: overwatering or fungal bacteria

Remedy: Ensure that the soil is not waterlogged. Remove from it's pot and have a little look at the roots. If they are soaked or emit a bad smell then it’s possible your plant has root rot and you will need to repot it. If it’s just slightly damp, leave the plant in a well ventilated area with plenty of indirect sunlight and hold off on watering.