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Calathea rufibarba - velvet calathea

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The leaves feel like velvet so it's almost like an indoor pet! Will grow happily in shade, so good for tropical shade underplanting. Enjoys humidity and regular watering but makes a lovely soft-to-touch houseplant with burgundy undersides to the deep green rippled leaves.

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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. Remove the old leaves for a quick tidy up.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1m H x 1m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, young healthy plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on. These are shipped inside pots for protection in transit.

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