Plant Care Goeppertia Rufibarba

Goeppertia Rufibarba

3.8 out of 5 (47 experiences)

Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

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! 😴

Taxonomy

Goeppertia rufibarba
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Furry Feather Calathea, Furry Feather Calathea, Velvet Calathea, Velvet Prayer Plant and Calathea rufibarba

How to care for Goeppertia Rufibarba

Water

How often to water your Goeppertia Rufibarba

Water needs for Goeppertia Rufibarba
0.5 cups
every 9

Goeppertia Rufibarba needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Goeppertia Rufibarba

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Furry Feather Calathea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Goeppertia Rufibarba: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Goeppertia Rufibarba in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Goeppertia Rufibarba

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Goeppertia Rufibarba: repot after 2X growth

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Goeppertia Rufibarba can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Goeppertia Rufibarba

Goeppertia Rufibarba

Goeppertia Rufibarba


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 18
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 15
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Goeppertia Rufibarba has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Taylormdebloomz avatar
@Taylormdebloomz
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 4,142 XP
03/06/2022

Even though my plant has quite a few brown tips I still love it. I love the texture of the leaves. Pretty plant and so far easy to maintain.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Jcplantproper avatar
@Jcplantproper
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 27,132 XP
globe Homestead, FL
02/11/2022

They tell you when they’re not happy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Heather avatar
@Heather
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,098 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
01/20/2022

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!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Drjen avatar
@Drjen
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 4,209 XP
globe Portland, OR
01/16/2022

Finicky-much more so that other cake that species

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Comicwildlime
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 118 XP
globe Tucson, AZ
01/14/2022

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!

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,427 XP
globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

Very cool, fuzzy leaves. Similar to the rattlesnake calathea (which is the only other kind I will ever buy)

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@Ifonlyfloramoment
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 785 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
11/16/2021

She’s my more high maintenance of the overall low-maintenance indoor plants. Very sensitive to temperature.

Browns easily Browns easily
Carasoasis avatar
@Carasoasis
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 236 XP
09/23/2021

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.

Browns easily Browns easily
Rauriblanchard08 avatar
@Rauriblanchard08
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 167 XP
globe Rochester, England
08/15/2021

It's lovely.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Rauriblanchard08 avatar
@Rauriblanchard08
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 167 XP
globe Rochester, England
08/14/2021

IT IS AMAZING!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Rauriblanchard08 avatar
@Rauriblanchard08
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 167 XP
globe Rochester, England
08/14/2021

IT IS AMAZING!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Portia avatar
@Portia
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 488 XP
globe Woodbridge, VA
08/01/2021

Fuzzy and loves moisturizer. Near my humidifier was in the bathtub and likes cold showers. It’s like a large pet plant. Lol

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Korribus avatar
@Korribus
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 286 XP
07/11/2021

Very testy.

Clairemul avatar
@Clairemul
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 416 XP
globe Longford, County Longford
06/23/2021

Beautiful in the hallway with black and white tiles

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nataleaf avatar
@Nataleaf
leaf-1 79 Plants
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globe New Orleans, LA
06/14/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Gracehellyer
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 125 XP
globe Bulford, England
06/06/2021

I thought it was dying because lack of water or I was over feeding it, turns out they just love to brown.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Jacob avatar
@Jacob
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,538 XP
globe Champaign, IL
05/30/2021

Interesting plant, but very picky about humidity and about chlorine/fluoride in water.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Taracaldwell
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Stowmarket, England
05/25/2021

I love that this plant needs very little watering

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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