Plant Care Jungle Velvet

Jungle Velvet

4.5 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Jungle Velvet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Jungle Velvet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Jungle Velvet

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 warszewiczii
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Calathea 'Jungle Velvet', Goeppertia warszewiczii and Calathea jungle velvet

How to care for Jungle Velvet

💦 Water

How often to water your Jungle Velvet

Water needs for Jungle Velvet
0.5 cups
every 9

Jungle Velvet 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 Jungle Velvet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Jungle Velvet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Jungle Velvet: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Jungle Velvet 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 Jungle Velvet in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Jungle Velvet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Jungle Velvet: 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 Jungle Velvet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Jungle Velvet prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Jungle Velvet may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Jungle Velvet prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.


🪴 Soil

Jungle Velvet is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.


💩 Fertilizer

Jungle Velvet should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Jungle Velvet is native to Tropical Americas.


🌱 Propagation

Jungle Velvet can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Jungle Velvet

Jungle Velvet

Jungle Velvet


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

Jungle Velvet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Jungle Velvet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Jungle Velvet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Jungle Velvet has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Jungle Velvet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
@karlv93 avatar
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leaf-1 121 Plants
xp 7,980 XP
02/12/2022

Gorgeous I’m a sucker for a velvet leaf. Needs decent humidity & distilled/rainwater or you’ll get brown tips. She fancy 💁‍♀️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Phoenix, AZ
01/26/2022

Does best in high humidity (70%+)
Browns easily if in lower humidity and soil dries out too much between waterings.
Prone to spider mites but it’s so beautiful and velvety so I put up with it

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@WhitneyWanders avatar
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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Boise, ID
12/07/2021

So soft and I love the green on the one side and purple color underneath

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@codiejagger avatar
@@codiejagger
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 713 XP
11/29/2021

Calatheas are well known to be drama queens, and while there's a reason they have that reputation they are easy once you know how to care for them!
Being jungle plants, calatheas thrive on bright indirect light and high humidity, so a bright spot near a humidifier or over a pebble tray is perfect - keep in mind the leaves do tend to brown if humidity is too low so it's really important to keep her humid. I keep mine next to the humidifier for 2-4+ hours each day.
Another important thing to mention is strictly *no* tap water!! Mine goes brown and crispy from chemical burns if I use even filtered tap water, but she's absolutely fine with bottled, distilled, or rain water.

She's definitely high maintenance, but I love her. As long as you give it some TLC by keeping it in a bright humid spot and watching what you water with, your Calathea will love you back by growing big and beautiful.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@Megan avatar
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leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

This calathea has fuzzy leaves and I LOVE it. A little bit on the fussy side.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@dylanslabach avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 806 XP
08/26/2021

Super cute plant. Love the smallness

@ross avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
08/14/2021

Awesome plant, but can brown easily in low humidity.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Billie avatar
@Billie
leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Coleford, England
07/13/2021

Easy to look after

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@hannahwhooooo avatar
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leaf-1 22 Plants
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globe Redlands, CA
05/22/2021

Calatheas are notorious for being temperamental fellas, but these beautiful lush leaves are too handsome to stay away from! Try topping your soil with sphagnum moss and bunching your plants together. It should help them stay humid and happy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@phat_pot avatar
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leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 888 XP
03/18/2021

This plant is a beauty to have, however it is extremely sensitive to under-watering and bright light. However if you could find the perfect spot where it doesn’t receive direct sunlight, then I highly recommend getting this plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily

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