He loves a humid environment. He’ll be very happy in a bathroom, or you can mist him every couple of days.
He likes his soil to stay lightly moist. Give him a drink whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry.
He’ll be happiest somewhere bright but out of direct sun. He doesn’t do well in shady spots.
His leaves may get dusty over time. Clean him by putting him in a lukewarm shower, or give him a wipe with a soft cloth.
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Toxic if consumed
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About calathea warscewiczii
This calathea is sometimes known as Jungle Velvet, because its leaves have a soft, velvety feel. It’s a pretty luxurious plant all round, with a dramatic green pattern on the top of its leaves and a deep purple colour on the underside. Choose this plant if you live for drama.
This plant is part of the calathea family. They mostly come from Brazil, where you’ll find them growing in the shade of big trees in tropical rainforests. They’re often known as prayer plants, because their leaves curl up at night, like praying hands, then unfurl in the morning to catch all the rays they can.
It will be happiest if you try to mimic those jungle conditions at home. Put it in a spot with bright light, but not direct sun; water it regularly, so its soil stays lightly moist; and give it a regular mist to keep the air humid and prevent crispy leaf edges. It will also benefit from a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer. Meet those demands and it should be happy as can be.
Did you know?
In the wild this plant can grow up to a metre tall.