Native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Calathea warscewiczii is one of the more popular bars to find varieties of Calathea and an absolute favorite of plant collectors. It is also known as Calathea Jungle Velvet – a perfect moniker for this delightful plant.
The lance-shaped velvety and dark green leaves have distinct banding in a lighter green that forms into a fishtail pattern, with the undersides a rich purple. In the evening, the leaves fold close like another relative in their family Prayer Plants.
Each leaf grows around 12 inches tall, with the plant growing up to 3 feet tall at maturity with a clumping habit. During winter and late spring, tall spikes fill with white flower bracts that last three to four weeks. A phenomenal plant!
Grow in a uniformly moist (not soggy), rich soil base that drains well and where indoor temperatures range between 65°F to 80°F and create high humidity by grouping your plants, placing them on a humidity tray or misting often.
Keep away from cold and drafty locations and provide bright filtered light. Too little light results in leggy plants and too much direct sunlight scorches the foliage, and it loses its color.
Calathea are susceptible to fertilizer salt burns, so feed monthly during the growing season with a water-soluble houseplant blend applied at half-strength and flush the soil to remove salt buildup every few months.
Healthy plant with some shipping damage, but it survived the trip in the dead of winter. Will buy again!
Shipping was very good and packaged well, calathea was in great condition! Thank you
Arrived in perfect condition