Velvet Calatheas get their name from the tiny hairs that cover its leaves and stems and give the plant a soft, velvety feel – Lush! They can get really tall and have purple stems with deep green leaves and a dark purple underside. These tropical beauties are great for livening up a warm spot in the bedroom or bathroom!
Nearly every Calathea loves bright, indirect sunlight in a warm environment. They can be a bit fussy but they will tell you how they are getting on in certain spots with their appearance. Too much light and they will lose their markings and turn greener. Too little and they will become leggy and look a bit droopy. We have ours underneath a south facing window so it benefits from the constant light but does not get burnt by those direct rays! Experiment with placement in your gaff to find the perfect spot.
They love a good drink! Try and keep the soil moist (not damp, wet or clogged) for most of the year apart from in the winter months when it should be watered only when the top of the soil has dried out. Little and often is the way to go with most Calathea and definitely do not let it dry out completely.
As always, rain water is best!
High humidity is a must for most Calathea. If yours is looking brown and crispy around the leaf edges, this means it's not humid enough so up the spritz. You can also put your Calathea in a steamy bathroom or stick the pot in a tray full of wet pebbles to keep them happy.
Another great way to keep up the humidity is to get a few more Calatheas (or other humidity loving friends) and put them next to each other. A tropical plant super group!
You can give them a fertiliser (nitrogen rich if you can) every 1-2 months. Yum!
Totally safe and non-toxic for both pets and children.