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Calathea rufibarba - velvet calathea

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Soft-to-touch houseplant or tropical shade plant, with burgundy undersides to the deep green rippled leaves. The leaves feel like velvet so it's almost like an indoor pet! Good for tropical underplanting as will grow happily in shade; likes humidity and regular watering.

Image: Maja Dumat via Flickr cropped to size.

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Calathea rufibarba - velvet calathea
DESCRIPTION: Long slender deep green leaves with rippled edges and burgundy undersides. Leaves feel like velvet to the touch. Produces little yellow flowers at the foot of the stems when mature and happy.
USES: Ideal container plant for a shaded patio, accent planting in frost-free gardens, or indoors. Suited to underplanting in tropical style gardens. 
PLANTING: Plant in a shady spot with indirect sunlight. Prefers moisture-retaining soil or a good quality potting mix.
CARE: Water regularly during the first 12 weeks and regularly once established. Mist regularly if air humidity is low. Apply a slow release fertiliser yearly and liquid feed every three months for vibrant healthy foliage. Pruning isn't required, simply remove the old leaves for a quick tidy up.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1m H x 1m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm including the pot height of 80mm high and 42 mm wide.

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