Why My Calathea Orbifolia Leaves Drooping?


Calathea Orbifolia is a tropical plant, and it needs a lot of care to grow properly. If conditions are not proper, then a lot of problems can occur. It is mainly kept in houses for its large beautiful leaves. Its leaves also show dance movements during day and night transitions. But on some occasions, a lot of people confuse the nyctinasty movement with Calathea orbifolia drooping problem.

Calathea orbifolia drooping is turning down or pointing down of leaves and no one likes droopy prayer-plants. If you are acting on all protocols of Calathea orbifolia care and propagation, you will not face this problem. But if somehow you see your plant leaves are drooping. Then, first of all, you need to identify the main cause and then find a solution for it.

There are many things you need to look for when you have Calathea Orbifolia in your house.

Calathea Orbifolia Care Requirements Parameters
Light Requirement Indirect or filtered light
Temperature Requirement 60.8°F to 77°F
Soil Requirement Mixture of Peat, Coco coir, perlite and pumice
Water Requirement Pure Water or Rain Water
Fertilizer Requirement Mixture of seasol fish emulsion, liquid fertilizer or compost fertilizers like worm castings
Humidity Requirement High humidity (60% or higher humidity)
Height and Width 3 feet in hieght & 2 feet in width
Common Name Calathea Orbifolia, Prayer Plant
Scientific Name Goeppertia Orbifolia
Family Marantacea

In case you are experiencing Calathea orbifolia drooping stem then problems like overwatering, excessive heat, and low humidity can be the leading causes. You can identify them by different methods and equipment. Once you what is the problem behind prayer plant drooping then you can get rid of it with recommended measures.

Overwatering Issue & Calathea Orbifolia Drooping

Calathea Orbifolia requires a good amount of water but overwatering it can result in different problems. Drooping of its leaves mainly occurs because of overwatering. Basically, when leaves become oversaturated with water, they become wilt and start to droop. Most people are unable to check the overwatering problem. But there are a few ways by which you can keep a check on it.

A Calathea Orbifolia Plant is shown in Grey Color port for morphological understanding of the plant for the blog reader.
Calathea Orbifolia

First of all, you can check the soil with your fingers; if the upper 2 inches are moist, then your plant doesn’t need water. If you were watering your plant in such a condition, you need to change the soil and repot it. Because there is a possibility that roots have rot problems.

Other than you can also use a soil moisture meter to check the moisture in the soil. Though it is a little expensive if your hobby is gardening, then you should have one. Prevention is always better than cure.

You can also prevent this issue with a self-watering pot. In a self-watering pot, the plant is automatically watered, and there is no need to do a lot of work. But as far primary way of tackling this issue is concerned here are some instructions.

  • Just stop giving water to your plant. And check its soil to get an idea of how badly it is waterlogged.
  • Now remove your Calathea orbifolia out of the pot in a gentle manner.
  • After removing the plant from the pot, identify the root rot and remove them.
  • Now get a new pot and put your plant there.
  • You can use cinnamon powder on the roots before placing your plant in another pot.

Excessive Heat & Low Humidity

On hot summer days, it is common for Calathea orbifolia leaves to experience drooping. Most people think that on a hot summer day, leaves should curl, but it is not the case. On hot, dry summer days, Calathea orbifolia loses a lot of water due to transpiration, and to maintain water level as well as temperature; it starts absorbing water from roots, because of which its leaves start drooping. 

In this image a graphical representation is given of Calathea Orbifolia Leaves Drooping Causes.
Calathea Orbifolia Leaves Drooping Causes

Calathea orbifolia leaves drooping due to dry heat in summer can be checked with temperature measuring equipment. But it is not a common cause because most people place their plants indoors to maintain the right temperature and humidity in the air. Because in a high humidity environment, such issues don’t occur.

Heat and humidity are two related factors as far environment is concerned, but both are controllable. Where for Calathea orbifolia low humidity in the air can cause more water uptake from roots by leaves which can result in leaves drooping. But longer loosing of water by transpiration in a low humidity environment can result in significant problems.

You can control the temperature with an air conditioner. As far as humidity is concerned, you can also adjust it with the help of plant humidifiers. These are expensive approaches, but with them, you automatically manage the temperature and humidity requirement for Calathea orbifolia.


Calathea orbifolia drooping is not a problem anyone will face unless you neglect your plant’s basic needs. You need to make sure that you know all things you need for Calathea orbifolia care and propagation. Preventing a problem from occurring is way better than finding a solution for it, but if you are already in this mess, it is recommended that you first identify the cause and then act accordingly.

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