How to Save Overwatered Calathea

Calathea, also called”the “pinstripe” houseplant, is an attractive plant with bright, veined leaves that add the character of any space.

But, like other kinds of houseplants taking care of the calathea is difficult, particularly when you want to make sure they appear their best in indoor environments.

As an ancestor of the Marantaceae family, which is, as per the Britannica Encyclopedia indigenous to ” moist or swampy tropical forests, particularly in the Americas but also in Africa and Asia”the Calathea plant can be found in humidand hot climates that don’t get much rain.

However, they thrive best when they are exposed to sunlight and they are provided with a small amount of water.

If you’ve overwatered your Calathea and are beginning to notice that the leaves are limping and swollen, then you’ll have to act before it’s too to late!


Incredibly, the symptoms that a calathea starts to show when it is drowned are similar to those of an underwater however the remedy for rescue is slightly bitdifferent Let’s look at it in detail in the following paragraphs:

How To Revive A Calathea – Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Transfer your calathea into an area that is shaded from your house, since direct sunlight can cause the plant’s cells that have been overwatered to break.
  • Remove all those dead leafy leaves that are in your calacthea, that will be easy to identify among healthy leaves as they’ll have brown and yellow patches.
  • Then, you should check whether the pot of the plant is draining properly. If there’s a lot of water that isn’t removed then slowly tilt your pot to ensure that any excess water is able to be removed out of the soil.
  • Following this, we suggest that you let the calathea be left alone to dry out. You should avoid watering it until you sense that the soil is dry to the feel.
  • Continue to water your calathea the same way you usual routine, but be sure to check that there is nothing obstructions to the drain holes placed right at the bottom of the pot.
  • After you’ve watered your calathea, you can treat the plant with a fungicide, to stop from the development of fungus on your Calathea.
  • After you have hydrated and treated the calathea, you’ll need to wait around one week to determine whether you’ve successfully saved it. If you find that your calathea is getting back to its normal state it is then able to return to the normal routine of watering.

A side note: If you’ve excessively watered your Calathea (or any other plant in fact) there’s no assurance that it will be able to recover to its full health.

The method above is intended to encourage the plant that has been overwatered to return to its natural state, and if it’s worked you should expect to see results that are positive within one week.

Additionally when you are trying to save your calathea, don’t recommend you apply any fertilizer as it can disrupt the renewal of your calythea. Instead, we suggest keeping it in place until it is back to its full health.

Calathea and other plants in pots

What can you tell whether Calathea is suffering from root decay?

In the wild the calathea plant can be typically found near the base of trees, and in areas of the forest that have very little lighting and only a few water sources that is why they grow such large leaves.

To keep them alive to survive, the leaves of Calathea are working hard to absorb the maximum amount of light they can. Meanwhile, their roots are strong enough to draw water from the dry soil that surrounds them.

However, calathea can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to maintenance. Most of the time when there are problems regarding its health, it’s usually due to excessive watering, high levels of humidity and a lot of soil moisture – that leads to root decay.

If you think your calathea has suffered from root rot, it’s good news that you’re able to save your plant as that you act quickly. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of identifying root rot, as and what you can do to restore your calathea to its full health

1. The root of the problem:

The first thing you’ll have to do is examine your calathea for signs root decay. The signs of root rot differ from plant to plant If the calathea plant is suffering from root rot, you must be on the lookout for these signs:

  • Leaf drop
  • Dying leaves
  • Yellowing
  • The stem is soft and spongy

If you find that your calathea is showing any of these symptoms If you notice any of these symptoms, you’ll have to act quickly to save it. This is why we’re on to the next step.

2. Cleanse your calathea’s roots

The most efficient methods to combat root rot is to wash the roots of your calathea. Begin by gently taking the plant from its pot. Then, begin to take off as much soil that remains attached to the plant as you can.

After you have taken out all the soil and soil, you’ll be able to assess the damage. If you find there are roots that are suffering or are affected by root rot, to stop the spread of the disease the rot, you must remove them using a pair of scissors.

Note In the event that your calathea is especially heavy or large and heavy, you can request a family or friend member to carry it on your behalf so you can be capable of cutting off the roots that are damaged.

Once you’ve completed this, then remove your calathea plant and gently massage its remaining roots beneath water that is flowing, since this will assist in getting rid of any soil that remains.

3. Repot your calathea plant:

Make sure you use an appropriate plant pot with drainage holes that are appropriate, you can plant your calathea in fresh soil. After that, put it in a spot in your home or garden with plenty of indirect sunlight within a couple of weeks, you will be able to see that your calathea is back in full health.

A tip for you If you have to take out a lot of roots from your calathea plant damaged by root rot, then we suggest that you spend some time to gently trim your calathea, and then take off a few leaf leaves. This way roots won’t need to exert as much effort since there are fewer leaves to provide energy to.

Are you interested in learning more ways to care for your indoor Calathea? Click this link.

Wrapping Up

That’s it! I hope that after reading this you’ll have a better understanding of how to restore your calathea to its full health, whether it’s due to overwatering or root decay.

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