Velvet Calathea

A very decorative and popular species.
Common name : Velvet Calathea
Scientific name : Calathea rufibarba
Family : Marantaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
The plant's common name is due to its fuzzy, fur-like underleaf texture which is quite unusual in its genus. Leaves are a rich green on the top and a dark burgandy underneath. May bloom even inside - of small pale-yellow flowers.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 12a
Height 30 - 100
pH 6 - 7

Plant my velvet calathea

Plant in March your Calathea in a mixture of fibrous soil, dry leaves with a layer of sand at the bottom - no peat, it is a protected resource. Find it a pot of at least three liters with a cup, and place it in a damp, not too bright, between 17 and 21 ° C.

Water my velvet calathea

Calathea loves water, the soil must always be wet, so water it every two days during the growing season. In winter, space the waterings. From time to time, clean the leaves with non-calcareous water, it hinders the red spiders.

Take care of my velvet calathea

In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful and you will protect it from red spiders - its main enemy!

Prune my velvet calathea

Let the yellowed leaves dry naturally before pulling them off.

Fertilize my velvet calathea

In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. You can also add slow release fertilizer pellets to the soil mix when planting or repotting. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.

Repot my velvet calathea

At the end of winter every 2 years, repot your plant in a slightly larger pot, adding compost, sand and dry leaves.

Propagate my velvet calathea

Calathea multiplies by dividing the tuft during repotting. Select vigorous rhizomes with several leaves, cut them away with a clean knife, and transplant in a bucket filled with moisted potting soil. Place the bucket in a clear freezer bags, to keep it moist, in a black room, at 17 ° C, for a week. When the roots appear, plant in the same mixture as that of your stock plant.

Check on my velvet calathea

Check the leaves: if they are yellowing on the back, it is an attack of red spiders, clean with fresh water. If the leaves turn brown, dry out and curl, the air is too dry, or watering is not important enough. If the leaves are paling, your plant receives too much light.

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