Calathea rufibarba, 'Velvet Calathea'

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Origin: Amazon Jungle

Ideal Conditions: Prefers medium to bright, filtered light. Thrives in peat based soil. Keep soil evenly moist by using a humidity tray. If misting plant, do so from underneath the leaves. Feed with l/2 strength fertilizer during the growing season.

Ease of care: difficult but worth it.

Notes: Repot every spring in fresh potting mix. Don’t allow sun to shine on leaves, it will fade the colors. Calatheas do well in enclosed environments such as terrariums.

Tiny hairs cover this calathea's burgundy leaf undersides and stems giving this lovely plant the look and feel of velvet. The tops are rich green with ripply edges.

Safe for pets.


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