3 Reasons For Calathea Warscewiczii Drooping -Treatment

The velvety Calathea Warscewiczii plants are worth growing for their leafy green bushy structure and amazingly patterned leaves. But to grow this beauty in your garden you have to pay a little price. Because they are pretty sensitive to a few things like drooping, curling, browning, etc.

Drooping is the most common among these. Honestly speaking, if you are aware of a few facts about this plant then you will be easily able to avoid this situation and help it recover from wilting. 

And  Calathea Warscewiczii stems droop because of the following issues–

  • Incorrect watering 
  • Wrong kind of humidity and 
  • Other environmental problems

And the good news is this article will help you out and turn these wilting and curling Calathea Warscewiczii into an amazing appearance. Now let’s keep reading through the whole article to get all the inside tips and tricks.

So without making any delay let’s get down to business–

Take a quick look at the problems and their solution in a sneak peek:



Watering problem Water every other day depending on the dryness of the soil
Too low humidity Keep the humidity around 70% at least
Environmental variation  Maintain the temperature between 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C) 

Why is the Calathea Warscewiczii Drooping?

Drooping Calathea Warscewiczi

1. Watering Problem

Calathea warscewiczii is kind of a fussy plant. Because they droop down their leaves in both overwatered and underwatered conditions.

The plant will wilt if the soil is too dry. In this case, the roots will not find enough water to support the plant’s needs. As a result, the leaves will dry out and become pale and brown. Eventually the whole plant droops. 

On the other hand, if the soil is too wet then the plant root will start to rot. In this case, your Calathea warscewiczii will suffer from water deficiency in spite of being in plenty of water. And this results in a leggy and wilting appearance.

Control Measure

If the plant is drooping because of over watering then quickly change the pot. Shift them into newly prepared soil. And water them only when the soil feels dry.

If the plant is wilting because of underwatering then water the soil until the first few inches of the soil becomes moist. This plant loves water but still doesn’t like to stay wet. You can add some mulch or peat soil so that your plants can absorb water when it is needed.

Water it every alternative day during the summer and gradually reduce the amount of water during the winter.  And in winter time, don’t water it with freezing cold water. Otherwise, the roots will go into cold shock.

Since Calathea Warscewiczii is quite sensitive, it can get easily affected by tap water. it’s better to be safe and water it with distilled water or rainwater.  If you only have tap water you can boil the water and let it cool overnight and use it on your plants.

2. Humidity Too Low

The thing is,Calathea warscewiczii is a bit picky when it comes to humidity. You see, it usually needs more humidity than other normal houseplants. But there is a limit to everything. When the humidity is too low the leaves transpire more than they can uptake from the roots.

Usually, they can adjust with less humidity in the air with time but when the humidity goes below 50% their leaves start to get curled and droopy. In addition, the leaves also get crispy and turn brown.

Control Measure

Since they like humid environments you have to place them in a room where they can have at least 70%  of relative humidity.

There are some techniques you can follow to increase the humidity in the air.

  • Like you can group some of your plants together in a place so that they can create their own microclimate and exchange water vapor through transpiration.
  • You can place them in your bathroom so that they can get humidity when people use the shower.
  • Allow them enough air circulation.
  • Use small trays filled with water and pebbles under the Calathea warscewiczii container. This will provide them with humidity from time to time.
  • Mist your plants frequently with distilled water but this won’t raise the humidity for too long. However, the best solution is if you can get a humidifier that will help you to maintain your desired humidity, especially during the winter seasons when the humidity tends to be the lowest.

3. Environmental Problems

The Calathea Warscewiczii plants occasionally droop because of sudden changes in weather. For example, Both in high temperatures and freezing temperatures, they become unhealthy and become susceptible to many diseases. 

And as a signal of their distress the Calathea Warscewiczii plants start turning yellow and brown, easily curl, and become droopy.

Control Measure

The most practical solution is to rescue them from any unwanted weather conditions and put them under favorable one.

Keep them in a bright location, not necessary to put them under direct sunlight. Make sure they are outside when the temperature is within 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C). If the temperature rises higher than this level then bring them inside your home and keep it as an indoor plant.

You can bring them out once the temperature feels right. Likewise, when the temperature is freezing cold you can take them back indoors again. Because cold drafts can harm your plants in many ways.

If you are growing Calathea Warscewiczii as an outdoor plant then place them behind larger plants to protect them from direct sunlight.

 How To Repot Calathea Warscewiczii

repotting Calathea Warscewiczii

  • You only have to re-pot them if they have become root bound or the soil is totally not correct for them.
  • It’s best if you wait until the spring to do the repotting.
  • Select a pot with enough drainage holes at the bottom to prevent your plant from water logging.
  • It’s better to choose anything other than plastic containers. Because plastic containers trap air and heat.
  • Use terracotta or clay containers instead to help your plant roots breathe.
  • At first, add a layer of gravel on your container 
  • And then add a good soil mixture mixed with organic matter up to half of the container. 
  • Uproot the plant from your previous container with some soil. And then gently remove the soil with your hands without hurting the roots.
  • Now place them in the soil and fill up the container with the rest of the soil mix.
  • Water them lightly and place them in a corner or wherever it looks the best.

How To Care For The Calathea Warscewiczii Plants

Provide your plant with the following conditions and they will be happy and problem free as long as they live

LightBright but indirect sunlight
Water Water every other day soaking a few inches deep in the soil. (water in the morning without wetting the leaves)
Temperature 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C)
HumidityAbout 70%
SoilSlightly moist
FertilizerFertilize with water soluble houseplant fertilizer once a month in half strength or quarter strength (for tiny plants)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are my calathea leaves standing up?

Calathea Warscewiczii leaves stand up as a common response if kept in the dark. The leaves stand up at night and close. During the morning under daylight, the leaves open again for their photosynthesis.

How do you make Calathea bushy?

Calathea Warscewiczii can be made bushy by carefully pinching back the stem during the summer and spring seasons. However, it’s best to not prune it during the winter. After pinching them, water a small amount and put them under bright indirect sunlight.

How do you know if calathea has root rot?

If you uproot a calathea Warscewiczii , its root should be slightly yellowish in color. But if it has root rot then the root will look brown and even black. Moreover, the consistency will be mushy and slimy. In this case, you have to treat the plant with a suitable fungicide.


Drooping calathea Warscewiczii is an indicator that something is wrong with them. It may be watering issues or maybe any other environmental issues. Your job is to find out the actual reason and help out your little friends.

Don’t forget to give them enough water and indirect sunlight. Fertilize them on a regular basis to turn them out to be strong and resilient.

In this article, I have included everything you need to know about the drooping of calathea Warscewiczii leaves.

I hope all this information was successful in reviving your precious plants. And on top of everything, you can follow this article for drooping leaves of calathea zebrina and calathea medallion too.

James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg

James Rivenburg is the founder of plantandpest.com, a passionate gardener with valuable experience and knowledge gained through trial and error. The website has a large community of followers who trust his tips and techniques and have succeeded with his advice. He is always Committed to helping others create a beautiful and healthy garden.

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