How to propagate Calathea Orbifolia

Written by Maggie

Dec 24 2020

How to propagate Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea Orbifolia plant shape is beautiful and its leaves are green, so it is highly ornamental indoors. Many people have kept Calathea Orbifolia in their lives, but is one pot too boring? It's time to propagate some more. So how does Calathea Orbifolia propagate? Here are two ways to propagate Calathea Orbifolia.

Generally speaking, there are three methods for propagating Calathea Orbifolia: cuttings, cuttings and tissue culture. However, tissue culture is more suitable for mass growing, so Flower lovers should not consider it. As for cuttings, a section of cuttings was selected from Calathea Orbifolia and inserted into the soil after a little treatment. The plant is planted in humus rich soil by cutting the roots of stems, leaves or leaf buds with sharp blades.

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Calathea Orbifolia cutting propagation

1. Cutting time

Calathea Orbifolia likes warm environments, and the optimal growth temperature is 18-30℃. Therefore, the best time for cutting is in late spring and early summer, when the plant activity is the highest and the cutting survival rate is high.

2. Selection of cuttings

Cutting Calathea Orbifolia. The selected cuttings were usually apex shoots, which were cut into 10-15 cm from healthy potted plants, and 1/3 or 1/2 of the leaves were kept according to the size of the leaves. The cuttings are then treated with 500ppm of acetic acid for two to three seconds, which facilitates rooting.

3. Cuttings start

Calathea Orbifolia cutting propagation, make preparations for the above, can officially start: Put the treated cuttings into the cutting bed, the best spacing between the plants is 5×10 cm. As for the slotting bed, you can use a mixture of peat soil and river sand.

4. Post-insertion management

After cutting, Calathea Orbifolia was watered to keep the soil moist and spray water around the plants to maintain the air relative humidity at 75-85%. After this, the root will germinate in 30-50 days, and the pot can be removed in about 10 days. After that, normal maintenance can be carried out according to Calathea Orbifolia's propagation methods.

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Calathea Orbifolia division propagation

In addition to cutting, Calathea Orbifolia's propagation method can also choose the method of plant  division, and the survival rate is higher than cutting. In the spring, when the temperature reaches 20℃, cut the root block with a stem or leaf bud with a sharp knife and place it directly in a pot. After planting in the shade, keep the soil moist and wait for the roots to germinate.

In general, propagation Calathea Orbifolia, no matter cutting or division, can survive. But the survival rate of cutting is lower than the survival rate of division propagation, about 50%, so the general family propagation had better adopt the method of plant division. 

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