NOTE: In this article, Calathea ‘White Fusion’ and Calathea lietzei may be used interchangeably; in fact, Calathea lietzei is the botanical name for Calathea ‘White Fusion’.
Calathea are popular for their bold markings on their foliage. They are referred to as peacock, zebra, or rattlesnake plants because of their leaves that are similar to those of animals. In their native habitat, calathea species are known for their bright inflorescences, however, they rarely flower indoors.
Why does my Calathea lietzei roots have rot?
Root rot on your Calathea ‘White Fusion’ (Calathea lietzei) can be fatal if not treated with care. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you follow our guide to keep your plant alive if the symptoms occur: Root soft and blackened.
Why does my Calathea ‘White Fusion’ have gray mold spots?
Gray mold spots are a type of fungus that is found a lot in flowers, and spreads quite rapidly. If you notice brown (or gray) spots, it is probably this fungus. Don’t ignore these symptoms, as they may end up killing your plant.
When you understand the root of the issue, the solution makes perfect sense. The majority of the time, it is caused by the Calathea lietzei being overwatered. We urge you to cut off the infected roots and leaves, remove the affected sections of the plant, and then repot your plant in a fresh container with sterile potting soil.
Why does my Calathea ‘White Fusion’ have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for Calathea ‘White Fusion’ owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my Calathea ‘White Fusion’ leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves are arguably the most prevalent issue in the gardening world. Overwatering or a lack of nutrients are the 2 main causes of this issue.
Reduce your watering frequency when you fear your plants are being overwatered, and follow these steps to determine whether they may be lacking in nutrients:
Here are some signs of yellowing caused by the many deficiencies on the Calathea lietzei in question:
- Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
- Another indicator of iron deficiency is yellowing between leaf veins, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
- Sulfur deficiency starts with the newest leaves, turning them yellow throughout.
- Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
- Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my Calathea ‘White Fusion’ sunburned?
It is simple to determine whether your Calathea ‘White Fusion’ (your Calathea lietzei) has sunburn. Your plant will change color in this instance, beginning to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, the leaves of your Calathea ‘White Fusion’ can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
To find out if the yellow leaves have been sunburned, look at the part of the bottom that is tinted closer to the base. The yellow leaf is probably burnt and not something else if this portion stays greener.
Why are my Calathea ‘White Fusion’ leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Calathea ‘White Fusion’ that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Calathea lietzei in direct sunlight?
No! If your Calathea lietzei (or Calathea ‘White Fusion’) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Calathea ‘White Fusion’ is in such a state!
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s Calathea ‘White Fusion’ out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Calathea lietzei leaves drooping or wilting ?
This typically occurs when your Calathea lietzei gets dehydrated. Large plants are more at risk since they naturally require more water than smaller plants.
Whether your Calathea lietzei plant’s pot appears light, the soil and roots are likely fairly dry and need water, so you can readily tell if it needs to be hydrated.
In order to ensure that the roots of your plant receive the water’s benefits, you must first moisten the soil in the container if it is absolutely dry. One common error is to immediately drown the Calathea ‘White Fusion’ after a dry period in the belief that it requires a lot of water.
This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Calathea lietzei
Water is necessary for your plant to live, but timing and amount of watering must be balanced. Overwatering could have disastrous effects on your own name, as we already mentioned.
Touching the soil will let you know whether your plant needs water or not; if it still feels damp, it’s generally best to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
Maintaining a consistent temperature for your Calathea lietzei is also a good idea, especially if it is kept indoors. At GreenShack, we typically advise reserving a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, avoid positioning your Calathea lietzei close to air conditioners, radiators, or other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Calathea ‘White Fusion’ Dust-Free
This one is about houseplants. Your indoor plants’ leaves get dusty just like your furniture does. The problem is that this might prevent photosynthesis from beginning, which would result in the plants gradually losing their color.
For your Calathea ‘White Fusion’, this would be a true descent into hell, and it would also appease the pests.
To remove the dust from the leaves of your plant, take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the leaves. You can wet the cloth to make it easier to remove the dust, but never use corrosive products (such as rubbing alcohol!)
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.
You can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the interim if your pots don’t already have holes in them. This will help to form a channel so that the water doesn’t pool there for too long (preventing the rot of the roots!).