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Calathea - a kaleidoscope of colours, patterns and possibilities

Now in our greenhouse: young plants of Calathea orbifolia, Calathea Princess Jessie® and Calathea rufibarba
16 May 2023 - 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands
Calathea - a kaleidoscope of colours, patterns and possibilities

Calathea is back! This 60’s sweetheart with its marvellous markings, colourful contrasts and an endless versatility is now more popular than ever before. Evanthia has expanded its Calathea range with a bold line-up of beauties, to offer you showstopping items that will uplift your entire collection. At the moment we have young plants available of Calathea orbifolia, Calathea Princess Jessie® and Calathea rufibarba. True gems await you! Order them today.


Evanthia is your partner in tropical plants and offers you the best start with high quality Calathea tissue culture young plants and a team that will support your every need. Get updated on Calathea’s assortment width, trendy patterns, pot sizes and greenhouse companions.

Eye-popping patterns

Calathea is known and loved for its remarkable colours and leaf patterns. There is a lot to choose from – a Calathea for every style and trend! This product group offers so much inspiration for creative concepts and marketing. With wild (nick)names as Peacock plant, Zebra plant, Rattlesnake plant, leopardina and Pinstripe plant, our Calatheas have a lot to live up to! But not to worry, these tropical stunners will not disappoint. Did you know Calatheas have this funny nocturnal habit: They close or lift their leaves at night and unfold or lower them again in the morning. Expecially with these stunning leaf patterns and contrasting backsides this ‘prayer plant’ feature is truly special.

Size matters

When it comes to cultivating Calatheas, size matters – pot size, we might add. With such a wide range of varieties there are significant differences in growth habits, plant size and volume. In order for all items to reach their full potential, it is important to choose a fitting pot for every variety. Evanthia’s Calathea experts have composed a clear variety/pot range overview, so that it cannot go wrong.


Calathea is a star in making an impact. With our range of varieties there are certainly a few statement plants, when it comes to size. C. warscewiczii, C. lancifolia, C. majestica, C. ornata and C. rufibarba and C. warscewiczii can reach a relatively large plant body size to be the finishing touch to any room. But let’s not forget the more compact varieties, that are interesting and in demand as well – not only for loading and shipment benefits on grower’s side, but also for providing the consumer with a touch of tropical green without taking up to much space in an interior. Compact Calatheas to consider: Calathea Freddie, Thai Beauty and C. vittata. By taking pot size and plant volume into account, opportunities arise of offering mixed trays of plants that match well together and people find hard to resist.

Greenhouse companions

Calathea goes well with Ctenanthe, which belongs to the same Marantaceae family. You can also grow them alongside members of the Araceae family, like the highly popular Alocasia, Philodendron and Monstera. Together they make for an even more irresistable range.


Could you use some technical advice on growing Calathea, a brainstorm about marketing or help with composing your collection? Ask for our Calathea cultivation manual or contact our team for more detailed info and support. Reach us by telephone on +31 (0)174 715 103, by e-mail: sales@evanthia.nl or contact one of our team members directly.

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