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Network™ Calathea

Calathea musaica 'PP0005'

Network™ Calathea Plant Features

Network™ Calathea is a new (and trendy) houseplant that shows off fantastically variegated foliage. Its lance-shaped mid-green leaves bear dark green veins. They form a pattern that almost looks like a digital network. The effect is particularly striking when the leaves are backlit.

This sought-after houseplant is the perfect size for desks and tabletops. That's perfect as the variegation pattern shows off to best effect when the plant is viewed up close. It's an ideal companion for your work desk to give your eyes a rest after looking at a screen too long. 

Note: You might also see this plant sold under the botanical name Goeppertia kegeljanii. It was patented (USPP20487)  by the plant breeder in 2009. Costa Farms was granted exclusive rights in North America to propagate it.  Network™ differs from Calathea musaica in that it's more compact and bushier, with smaller leaf stems. It also offers more pronounced variegation that standard Calathea musaica. 

Buy Network™ Calathea
Look for Costa Farms' Network™ calathea in the Trending Tropicals® collection at your favorite retailer. See a list of our in-store and online retailer partners.

Network™ Calathea Growing Instructions

Light
While Network™ calathea will tolerate a low-light spot, it thrives in medium to bright (but indirect) light. Not sure about the amount of light your space has? As a rough rule of thumb, in low light there's just enough illumination to read a book or magazine throughout the day without extra lighting. In medium light, the plant will cast a soft or light shadow and in bright light, the plant will have a strong shadow. 

Water
Water Network™ calathea as the surface of the potting mix dries to the touch. It is sensitive to drying out. Its beautiful leaves will develop brown, crispy edges if it does not get enough moisture. That said, take care not to overwater. If the potting mix stays wet or saturated for extended periods, the roots will drown and rot. 

Humidity
Like other calathea varieties, Network™ prefers above-average relative humidity levels. It has thicker leaves than many of its relatives. This helps it hold up better in homes or offices where humidity isn't so high. If you have had difficulty growing other calathea varieties in the past, you might find Network™ more durable. 

Fertilizer
You can feed Network™ calathea in spring and summer, if you wish, with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. While it does not require special fertilizers, be sure the product you use is labeled for use on houseplants. Never exceed the recommended application rates on the product packaging. 

Pruning
No pruning is necessary except to remove any old or damaged leaves. 

Note: Network™ calathea is an ornamental plant and not grown for human or animal consumption. 


  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Low light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Green, Variegated

  • Water

    Constantly moist soil

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air