3.8 out of 5 (47 experiences)
About Goeppertia Rufibarba
Many of the houseplants we used to know as Calatheas now belong to the genus Goeppertia (say that three times fast). These plants have delightfully patterned leaves that come in all sorts of colors and shapes! Commonly known as prayer plants, the leaves of some species fold up at night through a process called nyctinasty meaning night movement! 😴
Also known as
Furry Feather Calathea, Furry Feather Calathea, Velvet Calathea, Velvet Prayer Plant and Calathea rufibarba
How to care for Goeppertia Rufibarba
Goeppertia Rufibarba needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Goeppertia Rufibarba may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Goeppertia Rufibarba after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
She is one of my faves because she is just so fun!! Her leaves are very fuzzy and soft to the touch. The beautiful purples and greens. They will wilt a bit if they don’t get enough water but the spring right back as long as it hasn’t gone too far! She brings me so much joy!!
I have a love/hate relationship with this plant. It requires a lot of attention and never seems quite content. But it is beautiful and I want it so badly to thrive… so I keep trying my best. It needs a ton of humidity which is a constant struggle in Arizona and a very specific amount of light or it will brown very quickly! We can’t leave this plant alone for more than a couple of days so it’s not a good choice for frequent travelers!
Have patience and prepare to be taken for a ride especially if you’re having to recreate their natural habitat.
It’s a lovely thing to witness, their leaves moving at different times of day, however if they’re not pleased with their environment or lack of water or overwatering they’ll be sure to alert you that something is wrong with the discoloration of their leaves.
This calathea is SO easygoing, and grows rapidly! I’ve been getting a whole new leaf every 1-2 weeks! Not to mention - they’re FUZZY!
I keep mine off to the side of an east window, where it gets maybe an hour of morning sun at most, and then bright indirect light through the day. I water approximately once a week or so - when the first inch of soil is dry. Distilled or rainwater only, or you may see some brown crispy edges. Such a great beginner calathea.