Commonly known as the Furry Feather or Velvet Calathea due to having tiny hairs covering the leaves, giving the plant a furry feel. The Rufibarba is a taller Calathea variety with elongated green leaves and dark purple undersides.
This plant is sold in a 14cm plastic nursery pot.
Calatheas can be quite sensitive to "tap" water. Fluoridated water can cause the leaves to brown from leaf-burn, we recommend filtering your water or collecting rainwater. They like to be evenly watered and kept moist but not soggy - they don't like to sit in water.⠀'Little and Often' as a watering policy works well for these plants, be sure to use enough water so the full root ball gets watered.
Loves bright indirect light, harsh direct sun will burn the leaves and fade the colour. They can handle low light conditions as well however they won't thrive.⠀⠀⠀
A standard high-quality indoor plant mix will be fine for Calatheas.
They love high humidity levels. You'll notice browning along the leaf tips if the humidity isn't high enough. You can place on a shallow pebble tray filled with water and mist regularly. Even outside in warm summer rain or bring into the bathroom when you have a hot shower or bath from time to time to give an extra boost.⠀⠀
Prefers warm to high temperatures ideally between 18-32C. Can cope with lower temperatures however you might lose a leave or two. Avoid draughts and ensure the plant has good ventilation.
Use a balanced fertiliser once a month during Spring and Summer, use a weak dose - halve the recommended measurement.⠀⠀
Safe for children and animals.⠀
Height and Growth Rate:
The ultimate height of approx 1m. Moderately fast growing in the spring/summer months.
Please note: Plant pictured is an example and may vary slightly.