The leaves of the calathea are drooping - why is that?

The leaves of the calathea are drooping - why is that?

Why are the leaves of the calathea drooping?

The Calathea is a very demanding houseplant. Many species are grown mainly because of the beautifully patterned leaves. However, beauty quickly suffers when the leaves droop, discolor, or curl.

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The reasons for drooping leaves of the Calathea are varied. The possible causes are:

  • Drafts
  • too sunny location
  • too low humidity
  • Root damage from waterlogging
  • too cool place

A favorable location for the basket marante

Regarding the location, the Calathea is particularly demanding. It doesn't like direct sunshine, nor should the humidity be too low. She doesn't even love cold feet.

A very big problem with caring for the Calathea is to find a location that does not attract any draft. The basket margin does not tolerate drafts. She responds by hanging the leaves.

Look for a location that is sheltered from drafts and not directly sunny. You can even keep the calathea in a place too dark for most house plants. In summer, temperatures should always be between 20 and 25 degrees. In winter they must not fall below 18 degrees.

Proper watering of the Calathea!

The Calathea is also squeamish when it comes to watering. It doesn't like waterlogging, but it doesn't tolerate complete drought either. She likes it best when the bale is always slightly damp.

The humidity must be relatively high. This is often a problem, especially in winter, which can be solved by setting up water bowls and spraying the leaves frequently.

Water containing calcium is harmful and can also cause leaves to curl. Use rainwater whenever possible.


If the leaves of the Calathea turn yellow, this is a sign of over-fertilization. You should then repot the basket margin immediately and limit the amount of fertilizer in the future. Do not fertilize them at all for several weeks after transplanting.