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Velvet Calathea (Calathea rufibarba)

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Velvet Calathea (Calathea rufibarba)

from 10.00

Also known as Goeppertia rufibarba, Phyllodes rufibarba, or furry Calathea. Velvet Calathea is a beautiful indoor plant with wavy, arrow shaped leaves, and velvety red stems and undersides. It loves humidity but unlike most other calathea, it isn’t too picky about its placing in the home. Mine sits in a direct line to the heat pump! Keep it out of too much direct sunlight as the leaves will be damaged, and the best tip for calathea is to keep the environment consistent (don’t put it in a draughty spot, or anywhere that changes temperature a lot).

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Also known as Goeppertia rufibarba, Phyllodes rufibarba, or furry Calathea. Velvet Calathea is a beautiful indoor plant with wavy, arrow shaped leaves, and velvety red stems and undersides. It loves humidity but unlike most other calathea, it isn’t too picky about its placing in the home. Mine sits in a direct line to the heat pump! Keep it out of too much direct sunlight as the leaves will be damaged, and the best tip for calathea is to keep the environment consistent (don’t put it in a draughty spot, or anywhere that changes temperature a lot).

Velvet Calathea is non toxic to pets (and curious humans). If you’re careful with placing, it will flower tiny groups of custard-coloured flowers at its base for you! These plants are 50-60cm high and look very striking in a corner or as a part of an arrangement of plants.

Please note that calathea cannot be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings, so I am offering a $10 root division option. A rooted offshoot will be broken from a large plant. The top will be cut back, and it will need to be planted quickly. This option is not recommended for a novice gardener.