Recorridos botánicos por los jardines y espacios verdes de Madrid
LIGHT: Grow in bright, indirect light such as an unobstructed east-facing window or a filtered west-facing window.
WATER: When actively growing from March through October, keep the soil evenly moist. During the winter rest
period, allow the top half inch of soil to dry out between thorough waterings.
TEMPERATURE: Temperatures between 60?-70?F are ideal. Provide humidity by setting the pot on a tray of
moistened pebbles. Mist-spray foliage daily during warm summer months.
FERTILIZER: Feed once every two weeks with a well-balanced fertilizer from March through October.
COMMENTS: Calatheas have very decorative foliage with different color variations on the upper surface and
undersides of the leaves. Their growth habit is generally upright with sturdy, lance-shaped leaves. Repot in late spring
or early summer when the plant has become crowded in its container.
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Native to: Brazil
Growth habit: A short clump forming bush usually not over 18" in height and width.
Flowers: Yes, but unsightly.
Temps: Normal indoor temps
Humidity: Place on pebble tray.
Pests: Watch for spider mites.
Pictured: 6" Calathea rufibarba
Cultural information: Calathea rufibarba is much easier to keep than most of the Calathea family. The under side of the foliage, along with the stems are rich burgundy in color. The stems are covered with fine purplish-brown hairs. Their foliage is semi-glossy, olive green in color.
Hard water may cause leaf spotting... use bottled water if your water quality is poor. If you're fortunate enough to have soft water... let the water sit out over night before watering your plant. If you have an aquarium... water your plant with the tank water. Keep your Calathea rufibarba on a pebble tray to increase the humidity level near your plant... but do not allow your plant to sit in water. Calathea's prefer a warm location, away from cold drafts. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Feed bi-monthly. Propagate by dividing the plant... a difficult task.