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All About Calathea veitchiana ‘Medallion’

Posted on December 12 2022

Dark, purple undersides with stained-glass leaf tops make the Calathea Veitchiana ‘Medallion’ one in a million! As a member of the ‘Prayer Plant’ family, you have an active piece of art that will signal when it’s time to start and end the day. Calathea Medallions require medium care, only a slightly green thumb is required.

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Rose Colored Calathea
    • About the Family: The Calathea Medallion is a relative of other Calathea varieties, such as the Calathea Burle-Marxii and Calathea Ornata. They are cousins of the traditional “Prayer Plant:” the Maranta.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Marantaceae (Family), Calathea (Genus), Calathea Veitchiana ‘Medallion.’
    • Hometown: The under-canopy of warm, humid rainforests of South-America.

    How to Care for Your Calathea Medallion:

      • Watering: Keep the soil moist—water when the topsoil is crumbly.
      • Humidity: High. Place it near a humidifier or mist daily.
      • Soil: Your Calathea Medallion prefers well-draining soil. 
      • Fertilizer: Every 4 weeks during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
      • Environment: Keep your Calathea Medallion in bright, indirect light and temperatures above 60 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 Calathea Medallion 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 Medallion 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 Medallion in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Calathea Medallion 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 6” 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 veitchiana ‘Medallion’, 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 veitchiana ‘Medallion’ 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 Rattlesnake Prayer Plant Care:

            • How do you care for a Calathea Medallion? One of the most important factors in the success of your Calathea is humidity. Place your plant near a humidifier. During the spring-summer, water when the topsoil is dry to the touch. During winter months, water when the first ¼ - 1 inch of soil is dry. 
            • Why is my Calathea Medallion’s leaves curling? Dehydration is the #1 reason why Calathea leaves curl. How do you fix it? Bottom water your plant to fully saturate the soil. Leaves will gradually uncurl. For severe cases of dehydration, gently place your Calathea Medallion on its side for 15 minutes, flip to its other side for 15 minutes, and then set it right-side-up. Laying your plant horizontally will drive moisture to the leaves more quickly. Resume a normal, healthy watering routine.
            • Why is my Calathea Medallion drooping? Many factors can contribute to drooping. Firstly, ensure that your Calathea Medallion is in above 60-degree temperatures with no cold drafts. Secondly, drooping leaves can result from overwatering. Care for your Calathea Medallion by allowing the soil to dry out more thoroughly before rewatering.
            • Are Calathea Medallions poisonous to cats? All varieties of Calathea are non-toxic to people and pets, meaning that they are not poisonous to cats.

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