Originating from the rain forest floors of Brazil, Calatheas owe their name to the Greek word for basket. The 'Velvet' Calathea, gets its name due to its fuzzy, fur-like underleaf texture which is unusual. Like all Calatheas, loves indirect sunlight, warmth and lots of humidity which can be simply replicated through daily misting.
Native to Brazil
Positioning + Light Needs
Requires good levels of natural light but avoid any direct sunlight. It is wise to place your plant somewhere where it can be watered and misted with ease, but avoid positioning next to radiators or draughty windows or doors.
Soil needs to be kept moist so water weekly but never soak. Make sure to water less frequently in winter. N.B. If you can, avoid hard tap water; use instead filtered or rain water.
Calatheas enjoy humidity in their natural climate, so its a must to replicate this! A quick mist daily or alternatively you can seat the pot on a tray of pebbles with water inside.
Feed once every 2 weeks during the growing season from April – October with a diluted liquid feed.
Every 2 years should be fine, Springtime is best.
Child / Pet Friendly
I am indeed, so good in the the bedroom...ahem.
Look out for
Browning leaves: possibly needs greater humidity.
Yellowing leaves: under watered, give it a drink but don't go crazy!