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All About Calathea Ornata ‘Sanderina’ “The Pinstripe Plant”

Posted on December 12 2022

This plant is a perfect candidate for #OnWednesdayWeWearPink. Dark, glossy (almost black) leaves are complimented by pink brushstroke stripes. As a Prayer Plant family member, the Pinstripe Plant requires medium care and moves its leaves up-and-down, depending on the sun. This plant goes great on its own, or pair it with Anthurium and Monstera adansonii for a fun play on patterns and texture!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Pinstripe Calatha, Pinstripe Plant
    • About the Family: The Calathea Ornata ‘Sanderina’ is a relative of other Calathea varieties, such as the Calathea Orbifolia and Calathea Roseoptica. They are cousins of the traditional “Prayer Plant:” the Maranta.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Marantaceae (Family), Calathea (Genus), Calathea Ornata (Species), Calathea Ornata ‘Sanderina’ (Cultivar).
    • Hometown: The under-canopy of warm, humid rainforests of South-America.

    How to Care for Your Pinstripe Plant:

      • Watering: Keep the soil moist—water when the topsoil is crumbly.
      • Humidity: High. Place it near a humidifier or mist daily.
      • Soil: Your Pinstripe Plant prefers water-retaining, well-draining soil. 
      • Fertilizer: Diluted, natural fertilizer twice a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
      • Environment: Keep your Pinstripe Plant in bright, indirect light and temperatures above 65 degrees.
      • Propagation: The easiest method is division during repotting.
      • Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets and people.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Pinstripe Plant 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 Ornata 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 Calathea Ornata in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate it to your desired location 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 6” diameter plant, based on your selection. 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 Ornata ‘Sanderina’ “The Pinstripe 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 Ornata ‘Sanderina’ “The Pinstripe Plant” and possible resolutions.
          • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

          FAQ about Pinstripe Plant Care:

            • Why is my Pinstripe Plant’s leaves curling? Curling leaves is a sign that your Pinstripe Plant is severely dehydrated. To remedy the situation, rehydrate the soil by bottom watering your plant. 
            • How to take care of a Pinstripe Calathea Plant? Humidity is extremely important to care for your Pinstripe Plant. Place this plant in the most humid area of your home, such as the bathroom, kitchen, or next to a humidifier. Remember to water when the topsoil is crumbly but cool. Keep your plant away from all heating and A/C vents.
            • Why is my Calathea Ornata dying? Overwatering is the number one culprit for plant deaths, so examine your watering routine. While Calathea Ornatas do enjoy staying ‘evenly moist,’ keeping constantly soggy soil will make them die. Improper soil will contribute to ‘overwatering,’ even if you don’t water frequently. Make sure to plant your Calathea Ornata in a well-draining, moisture-retaining mixture: straight, traditional potting mix won’t do. Instead, use two parts potting mix, one part Orchid bark, and one part perlite.
            • How often should I water my Calathea Ornata? No plant does well on a rigid watering schedule (i.e. once a week, biweekly, etc.). Instead, you should water your Calathea Ornata only when it exhibits signs of being thirsty: the topsoil should slightly dry out. During dormancy, water even less frequently than you would during the Spring-Summer.

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