Velvet calathea


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This velvet calathea (calathea rufibarba) is named so aptly, the leaves are soft and slightly fussy. The foliage has a striking burgundy colour underneath, and deep green on top. We love this plant with our Slatts, Oran and Neil pots. Any pot with a 21cm opening will fit well. 

Light: Best kept in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. A shady spot in a bright room is good too. The golden rule for calatheas is absolutely no direct sunlight, it will quickly scorch the leaves, and the darker the foliage - the lower the light requirements.

Water: The conditions in the room will dictate how often you need to water. Its best to check the soil by sticking your finger into it and try keep the soil moist but not soggy. If you're using tap water it is best to leave it to stand for a couple of hours before using, as calatheas - like a lot of houseplants - prefer filtered, rain water or dechlorinated water.

Humidity: Calatheas love humidity. You can increase humidity levels by using a humidifier, or by placing their pot over a tray filled with pebbles and water. The pebbles will keep the pot from being submerged in water, and the natural evaporation of the water will help keep the air around the plant moist. 

Feed: Feed monthly in the spring, summer, and fall with a plant food diluted to ½ the recommended strength.

Toxicity: Non toxic and safe for pets and kids. 

Origin: South America.