Vittata Calathea

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  • Striped Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 24-26 Inches
  • Pet Safe

The Vittata Calathea is a lovely plant with absolutely stunning foliage. The leaves unfurl to reveal white pinstripes on a green background. The stripes almost look hand-drawn and radiate out from the midrib. The leaves are rounded at the base and taper to a point. Also known as Prayer Plants, the leaves of this tropical beauty fold up at night and lower during the day. Calatheas have specific care requirements, but they are worth the effort.

Best Locations For Growing Vittata Calathea

The Vittata Calathea will shine when grown in an area with medium light and increased dampness in the air. Prayer Plants do not compromise when it comes to humidity, but they can still live in dryer climates when they have a pebble tray or a humidifier nearby. An east-facing bathroom window or a kitchen island are good areas for this beauty.

Vittata Calathea Sunlight Requirements

Low to medium light is best for the Vittata Calathea. The delicate foliage needs regular light to thrive, but intense bright light can be damaging. Rotate the plant when you water it to ensure each side receives sunlight.

Vittata Calathea Care

Calatheas do not like to be rootbound, and plants that live in cramped conditions may not grow. You can tell if your plant needs more space if you notice slowed growth or if the roots start to creep through the drainage holes in the pot. Repot and upgrade to a container 1 - 2 inches bigger, or divide the plant into smaller plants.

Watering Vittata Calathea

Watering Calathea can be challenging, but feeling the soil is the most effective way to determine when the plant needs a drink. Water the Vittata Calathea when the top layer of the soil is just barely damp. This plant does not respond well to dry conditions, but soggy conditions are not ideal either. Allow excess water to drain. The leaves will turn brown along the edges if the air is too dry, so find a humid area or use a pebble tray to give the plant the moisture it craves.

Feeding Vittata Calathea

Since the Vittata Calathea requires routine watering, any nutrients in the soil will be rinsed away over time. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer to keep the plant fed and healthy. Feed the plant during the spring and summer, and take a break from fertilizing your Prayer Plant during the fall and winter.

Vittata Calathea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Medium
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 24-26 inches
Mature Spread: 24-26 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: Light-Cream
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, White
Foliage Description: Green/Lime, White
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Vittata Calathea
Other Name(s): Prayer Plant
Scientific Name: Calathea 'Vittata'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Vittata Calathea Show Reviews

  • 5
    It's a green thumbs-up from me!

    Posted by Sharon Innes on Jun 15, 2023

    It's a low-maintenance champ that doesn't require much fuss. Perfect for plant enthusiasts who like to keep things simple. It's thriving and looks great in my kitchen area.