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Calathea rufibarba
In a 17cm/6.7" grower pot

FEATURES
Calathea rufibarba is a prayer plant, the common name for plants that tend to fold their foliage as night falls. Prayer plants include plants in the following genera: Calathea, Maranta, Stromanthe, and Ctenanthe. Calathea are grown for their beautifully ornamental leaves. Foliage is a deep green with burgundy purple undersides. This plant also has soft, fine hairs that cover both the leaves and petioles. It is a taller growing Calathea than many others. Calathea rufibarba has been reclassified as Goeppertia rufibarba.


Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Harmful To: Pets


CHARACTERISTICS
Plant Type:  Houseplant
Height Category:  Medium
Height:  12 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors:  Green and Purple
Foliage Shade:  Deep green leaves with burgundy purple reverse.
Habit:  Upright
Container Role:  Thriller


PLANT NEEDS
Light Requirement:  Low to Medium
Maintenance Category:  Time Intensive
Preferred Temperature:  60 - 85 °F
Water Category:  Consistent
Humidity Preference:  High
Container Soil Type:  Indoor Potting Mix
Needs Good Drainage
Uses:  Humid Spaces - Low Light Spaces - North Facing Windows
Uses Notes:  Not for human or animal consumption.


Maintenance Notes: 
For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
Prefers higher humidity to prevent leaf edges from browning.
Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
Protect furniture when watering.


Calathea prefer shady areas with bright shade to low light (not not too dim!)  Directly in front of windows that have no direct sun will work.  Windows with early morning or late afternoon sun are also great options. Avoid mid-day direct sun.
They need moderate to high levels of humidity with leaf damage occurring when humidity levels drop to 40% or less.


They should not be watered with tap water, unless it has been filtered. Distilled water is a good option as well. The plants are sensitive to impurities and salts in tap water, which can cause leaf edges to burn.
Calathea also prefers to have moist, but not wet soils. If the soil gets too dry it can cause leaf curl, which is a symptom of dry soil. Water when the top inch or so of soil is dry. If your soil is very dry you may want to soak your pot in water until the soil is rehydrated. It can take half an hour or more to rehydrate the soil. Allow the pot to drain once the soil is moist through.


Do not allow the plant to sit in water over extended periods of time.


Add some perlite and/or orchid bark to help fluff up the potting mix and provide better drainage. 
It will do best with high humidity. A pebble tray may help add humidity if needed, but a humidifier is a better option.


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