How to care for a Calathea 

beauty star in water

The Calathea Beauty Star is a favorite at Modern Botanical due to their incredible leaves, green with pink strips on the front and a beautiful dark people on the back. Calathea's are also known as prayer plants, as at night, you'll see that their leaves raise and fold inwards like prayer hands. Although hard to find, they are quite loved due to their beautiful leaves and interesting patterns.

Calatheas may need a little more TLC than most to stay happy and healthy, so these plants may not be the best if you're a beginner with plants or just super busy, however growing these in water has solved that problem. With proper indirect lighting they have been thriving on our walls.

One of the best things calathea's is that they tend to do well in low light and are pet safe!

About the Calathea Beauty Star


Native to Brazil

plant family


Other common names

People may also refer to them as prayer plant, peacock plant or zebra plant.

other varieties of Calathea's

Of course, Calethea are some of the most unique plant families out there that has plants ranging in look and shape. Other varieties include the Calathea Crocata, Calathea Lancifolia, Calathea Medallion, Calathea Orbifolia, Calathea Ornata, Calathea Ornata 'Sanderiana', Calathea Roseopicta, Calathea Roseopicta 'Dottie', Calathea Roseopicta 'Rosey', Calathea Rufibarba, Calathea Warscewiczii, and Calathea Zebrina.


Non-toxic to pets and humans.

growing your Calathea Beauty Star in water

replacing water

For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.

Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if availabl 


We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your philodendron's water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. 


Calatheas are at their happiest and healthiest when kept moderate to bright indirect lighting. This plant can be very sensitive to sunlight levels, so try to play around with where you place your plant (like higher on a wall or semi-shaded corner).


For philodendron heart-leaf, the ideal temperature range is 65-78 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many tropical houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!


Like most tropical plants, we notice that Calathea loves warm temperatures (65-85 degrees Fahrenheit). A general rule of thumb for many houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the leaves will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing or brown leaves can be removed at the base of the plant, immediately above the node using a sharp, sterile knife. It is recommended to leave 1 to 2 leaves though a single node will often shoot off new leaves on its own.

Propagation Tips

When propagating a Calathea Beauty S in water, we've had success with the division method and submerging a node in water. The division method is just gently remove soil to break up the mother plant (original calathea planted in dirt) into two or more smaller parts, where both the crown and roots are left in tact. Some roots are more acclimated to growing in soil than water. If you're propagating using the division method, we recommend cutting off the dirt roots off because the new root system comes in looking cleaner and less messy (overall, more aesthetically pleasing). But, it's totally optional if you decide to leave the roots on.

Then you have our favorite propagation method, which is submerging a node in water. You want to first cut right below where the branches sort of separate from each other. If you look closely, Calathea Makoyana have these folds in their branches where leaves shoot out from. A proper cutting would have about 2-4 leaves still attached.

After about 4-8 weeks, you should see your calathea sprouting thin, hair-like roots! With the proper care and attention, you'll be sure to see new leaf growth in no time. 

Common issues & care info

Curling Leaves

Identification: Leaves are curling (even in the daytime), leaves may be brown and crispy at the tips 

Cause: Not enough humidity, Too much exposure to bright light

How to treat: Examine the root system to make sure that your plant is healthy and try to move your Prayer plant away from a bright light source. If your plant is experiencing brown tips and/or spotting, we recommend a daily misting that will replenish the humidity levels that your plant needs.

Brown Blotches On Leaves

Identification: Brown spotting on leaves, Color on leaves may also look washed out

Cause: Too much exposure to bright light

How to treat: Move your Prayer plant further away from a direct sunlight source (i.e., a bright window) or places with cold drafts. You may have to play around with different areas to find the perfect lighting for your plant to thrive in. Calathea Makoyana loves moisture so try to mist it with lukewarm water regularly.