Calathea Maui Queen is a rare tropical plant that is actually a hybrid cultivar of two Calathea species. It has spectacular foliage of three shades, green leaves with white-stroked centers, and purple undersides. This plant perfectly lifts up any plant collection and adds a tropical jungle look indoors.
Because it has bare minimum care requirements, it is widely grown as a houseplant. Here are some informative features of this tropical beauty and an easy guide for its care routine.
- Zebra Plant ‘Maui Queen’
- Family: Marantaceae
- Genus: Calathea
- Cultivar: Calathea ‘Maui Queen’
About the Genus Calathea
Calathea is a popular genus of beautiful flowering plants that are well-known for their large, dark-green leaves. This genus contains almost 200 species of plants. Most of these plants are grown as ornamental plants due to their stunning appearance.
Origin and Distribution
This species was cultivated for the first time in South America. It is found in the tropical regions of America.
Calathea Maui Queen Features
Foliage and Stem
Calathea Louisae Maui Queen has stunning foliage with glossy green leaves that have white, feathery-shaped strokes in the center. The purple undersides of the leaves give this plant a classy appearance. The large leaves can get 6 feet long in length.
One interesting fact about its gorgeous leaves is that they close at night and open back in the morning.
It is an evergreen species whose leaves are not forced to fall in autumn. This plant keeps its foliage throughout the year.
This plant attains a height of 3 feet when grown indoors. Its foliage can get as wide as 3 feet. Its medium height makes it a great indoor plant.
Calathea Maui Queen is not a drought-tolerant plant. As soon as its watering schedule is disturbed and it is under-watered, it starts to lose its leaves. You should never forget to water this plant if you want to keep it happy and healthy.
Disease and Pest Resistance
Normally this lovely plant is resistant to pests and diseases. But, it can get affected by spider mites. These mites suck the sap out of its stem, leaving the plant weak and closer to death. This is why these sap-sucking pests must be treated as soon as possible. You should clean the plant’s foliage and the undersides of its leaves regularly to get rid of these pests or rub the foliage with neem oil.
It is an air-cleansing plant that removes many toxic substances from it and keeps it clean. It is a great plant to have indoors if you want to breathe fresher air.
This plant grows at a fast rate when provided with ideal conditions. Its growth rate can slow down if it is grown in low light. This is why the correct placement of its pot is extremely important.
The USDA plant hardiness growth zones for this plant are 11 and above.
Another great feature of this tropical plant is that it is pet-friendly and completely non-toxic to humans. So there is no need to worry about getting any severe health effects after handling this plant.
Just like its fellow species, the Maui Queen plant is an easy-to-care, low-maintenance houseplant. We assure you, you will love growing this pretty species in your home as it will not fuss much about anything. All it does is spread beauty vibes and refresh the air.
During winters, this plant tends to go dormant and slows down its growth rate. It stops taking up nutrients from its soil and decreases its water intake. This is why it should not be fertilized at all nor be watered much in those resting days.
Calathea Maui Queen Care
Calathea Maui Queen care includes watering the plant thoroughly once or twice a week in summers and one every nine to fourteen days in winters. This plant must be grown in acidic to neutral, well-draining soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.5.
Maui Queen Calathea requires moderate watering. It should be watered one to two times every week from March to September. Decrease its watering to once every two weeks for the rest of the months.
This plant needs thorough watering and enjoys moist soil. However, maintaining moist soil does not mean you keep the plant in standing water. You should plant it in a pot that has a drainage hole so that whenever you thoroughly water the plant, excess water drips out of the drainage hole. You should always check the dryness of the top 1 inch of its soil before watering this plant.
It would be best if you plant your Calathea Maui Queen in mildly acidic to neutral soil. The pH of the soil should range from 6.0 to 7.5. If you add peat moss to the plant’s potting mix, its acidity will increase naturally.
This magnificent plant must be grown in a well-draining, properly-aerated potting mix. Instead of using the regular houseplant potting mix, prepare one on your own by mixing the best ingredients. Mix 10% perlite, 20% charcoal, 20% orchid bark into 50% potting soil to prepare your own potting mix.
Whether Calathea Freddie, Calathea Vittata, or Calathea Maui Queen, sunlight requirements are the same for all! All Calathea plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and are sensitive to direct sun. This is why you should place your Maui Queen plant at least 6 feet away from a window. This spot is the perfect spot for its placement as the plant receives bright sunlight here and is also safe from the direct sun rays.
If you notice crisp or brown edges of the leaves of this plant, know that it is getting too much sun. And if your plant has droopy leaves, it is not getting enough sunlight.
The optimum temperature range for this plant is 18 to 30°C. Its foliage can get easily damaged by frosts or high heat. This is why it should not be kept in temperature extremes. Try to keep its pot in an average temperature range. In winters, avoid placing this plant outside as it can get chilly injuries and die from the freezing temperature. In summers, keep it away from cool drafts and never place it near a fan or an air conditioner.
Calathea Louisae Maui Queen is a hybrid cultivar whose parent plants are native to Brazilian rainforests. This is why this plant loves the high humidity in its surroundings. The ideal humidity level for this plant is 50-60%. This humidity range is not hard to maintain if you know the basic tips and tricks of compensating for surrounding humidity levels.
The Pebble tray method and plant grouping are the most effective methods for increasing humidity. You can also install a humidifier, but it will cost you more. Misting the plant’s foliage also increases the humidity, but this method is not appreciated. This is because wet foliage attracts many pests and insects.
The general houseplant fertilizer works just fine for this Calathea Maui Queen plant. However, you should never add the same amount of fertilizer to the plant as mentioned on the packet. This is because the packages often mention stronger doses that can kill the plant. You should always dilute the fertilizer to half its strength before adding it to this plant.
The best time for fertilization is in spring and early summer; these are the months of active growth. There is no need to fertilize your plants in winters, as the plant is potentially inactive and resting.
Grooming and Pruning
If you have this Calathea cultivar in your home as a houseplant, you should trim its foliage every year. As soon as you notice any dead or old leaves, prune them. This practice will enable the plant to grow fresh, new leaves instead of just trying to save the old ones.
You should use sharp pruners for this purpose. It is important to sterilize the gardening shears before using them on a plant for pruning its foliage. All the cuts and wounds will make the plant more susceptible to infections if non-sterilized shears are used.
Maui Queen Calathea needs repotting every year when it has doubled its size, and it gets rootbound. You should re-pot this plant only in the growing season. The size of the new pot matters a lot because a slightly bigger or a slightly smaller pot than necessary can cause many problems, such as root rot or waterlog. A pot that is only 1-2 inches bigger than the previous one should be used for this plant’s repotting. Repotting also replenishes the nutrients as it renews the soil. You should never use the old soil in the new pot.
Calathea Maui Queen Propagation
Propagation of Calathea Maui Queen is done through the division method. This is the easiest way to propagate a plant. This method is perfect for all the impatient ones out there that want to increase their plant collections without waiting on the growth of baby seeds.
The best time to propagate this plant is at the beginning of the growing season, or say, March when you are repotting and moving it to a new home.
Here is how you propagate a Calathea by yourself.
- Take out your plant from its pot without damaging its foliage.
- Shake the plant gently to remove excess soil.
- Untangle the roots using a stick or your fingers.
- Place the plant on a surface.
- Using a knife, cut the plant into two ⅔ and ⅓ parts.
- Plant both parts in separate pots that are already filled with potting mix.
- Water the pots until the soil is moist and place the pots in bright, indirect sunlight.
The addition of a Calathea Maui Queen plant is what your plant collection needs. This whole-package plant not only beautifies your home but also purifies the air around you. All these amazing features with minimal care needs! You can grow this gorgeous plant nearly everywhere in your home, except the dark corners.