Calathea rufibarba is known for its beautiful furry foliage. It has dark green leaves with a deep purple, furry underside. The long and arching form of this plant is very architectural making it a popular choice for many interior plant designs.
Calathea plants are often called living plants because they open and close their leaves at night and in the morning. This behavior is the result of a joint between the leaf and stem that is activated by the changing lights.
Calatheas love a warm but shaded spot in greenhouses or conservatories, but anywhere indoors without cold drafts and enough light is suitable. A bright bathroom large enough to house the plant can be a good location, because of the higher moisture levels.
During the growing season water the plant thoroughly and keep the soil moist (remember this plant loves moisture). When it's winter growing slows down or stops, reduce watering and you can allow the top soil to become slightly dry between each watering. If you can - use tepid rain or distilled water and avoid cold hard water.
Misting and keeping the soil moist will help with humidity but if you can and if your plant is showing signs that it's needed - use a humidity tray or electronic humidifier. Placing the Calathea near other plants will also improve humidity.
Calathea is on the ASPCA's Non Toxic to Pets list. Yay! For more information about toxic and non-toxic plants please click on the following link - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/a
Potential Calathea Problems
Leaves curling and spots: The most likely cause here is underwatering. Check the soil for dryness and provide water - following the above instructions.
Leaf tips brown: Your plant is most likely needing more humidity because the current air quality is dry.
Leaves dropping: Again, the air could be too dry and the humidity may need to be increased.
Limp stems: Limp stems usually happens when the plant is getting too much water during the winter and the temperature is possibly too low. This can lead to the stems rotting.
Pictured here in a 13cm pot, this is the size of plant you will receive.
All plants are shipped in their pots.