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All About Calathea orbifolia “Round-Leaf Plant”

Posted on December 12 2022

True to its name, the Calathea orbifolia has round leaves that can mature to astronomical size: nearly a foot wide! Light green foliage, with silvery mosaic stripes, makes for an indescribable beauty. Add this plant to your collection or as a solitary piece of art! As a Prayer Plant family member, the Calathea orbifolia requires medium care and will reward you with up-and-down leaf movement!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Round Leaf Prayer Plant, Calathea Round-Leaf, Round-Leaf Plant
    • About the Family: The Calathea orbifolia is a relative of other Calathea varieties, such as the Calathea vittata and Calathea roseopicta. They are cousins of the traditional “Prayer Plant:'' the Maranta.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Marantaceae (Family), Calathea (Genus),  Calathea orbifolia (Species).
    • Hometown: The under-canopy of warm, humid rainforests of Bolivia.

    How to Care for Your Calathea orbifolia:

      • Watering: Keep the soil moist—water when the topsoil is crumbly.
      • Humidity: High. Place it near a humidifier or mist daily.
      • Soil: Your Calathea orbifolia prefers water-retaining, well-draining soil. 
      • Fertilizer: ¼ strength fertilizer once monthly during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
      • Environment: Keep your Calathea orbifolia in bright, indirect light.
      • Propagation: The easiest method is division during repotting.
      • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Calathea orbifolia for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
          • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Calathea Orbifolia until it exhibits the proper signs.
          • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
          • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Calathea orbifolia to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward.  Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

          What You’re Getting:

          • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 8” diameter plant. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

            What Makes Us Special:

            • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
            • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
            • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
            • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
            • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Calathea orbifolia “Round-Leaf Plant”, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
            • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Calathea orbifolia “Round-Leaf Plant” and possible resolutions.
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              FAQ about Calathea orbifolia Care:

                • When is the best time to repot my Calathea? Calatheas enjoy ‘close quarters.’ The best time to repot your Calathea is when it has entirely filled its current pot and is on the border of becoming rootbound. As far as timing is concerned, repot your Calathea in the spring-time for the best results.
                • Is the Calathea orbifolia toxic to cats? All Calatheas have been rated by the ASPCA as non-toxic to cats, dogs, and horses.
                • What's Calathea orbifolia’s growth rate? When cared for properly, Calathea orbifolias have a moderate growth speed. They can reach a height of 3 feet tall, and their beautiful leaves can reach a length of 1 foot. Remember to give your Calathea Orbifolia the proper mixture of fertilizer (monthly at 1/4th strength) during the Spring-Summer to encourage a healthy growth rate.
                • How can I prevent brown edges on my Calathea orbifolia? Low humidity is the most common reason for brown edges on Calathea orbifolia. Place your plant near a humidifier or in the most humid room of your home (like the kitchen or bathroom). Another cause for brown edges on your Calathea Orbifolia is water contaminants. Water your plant with distilled water or tap water that has set out for 24-hours.
                • What’s the common name of the Calathea orbifolia? The Calathea orbifolia is also known by its common name, The Round-Leaf Plant (or Round-Leaf Calathea). It should be noted, Calatheas, in general, are also often referred to as “Peacock Plants” and “Prayer Plants.”

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