Plant Care Velvet Calathea
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Velvet Calathea

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Velvet Calathea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Velvet Calathea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Furry Feather Calathea, Furry Feather Calathea and Velvet Prayer Plant

Taxonomy

Goeppertia rufibarba
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

How to care for Velvet Calathea

Water

How often to water your Velvet Calathea

Water needs for Velvet Calathea
0.5 cups
every 9

Velvet Calathea 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 Velvet Calathea

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Furry Feather Calathea in your home

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

Velvet Calathea 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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Velvet Calathea

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

FAQs
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Care Summary for Velvet Calathea

Velvet Calathea

Velvet Calathea


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

Velvet Calathea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Velvet Calathea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Velvet Calathea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Velvet Calathea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Velvet Calathea has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
Velvet Calathea has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Velvet Calathea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Carasoasis avatar
@Carasoasis
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 108 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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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 421 XP
globe Woodbridge, Virginia
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 12 Plants
xp 376 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 67 Plants
xp 1,471 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Gracehellyer avatar
@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, Illinois
05/30/2021

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

Browns easily Browns easily

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