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Furry Feather Calathea

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  • Stunning Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 23-inches
  • Pet Safe

The Furry Feather Calathea goes by many names, including Calathea Rufibarba, Peacock plant, and Zebra plant. The long, dark-green leaves have a light-green midrib and ruffled edges, but what sets these plants apart is the maroon or purple undersides of the leaves. The pop of color will be on full display in the evening and early morning because Calathea leaves move throughout the day. The leaves fold up during the evening and night, exposing the underside, and lower during the day to showcase the pattern on the top.

Best Locations For Growing Furry Feather Calathea

Furry Feather Calathea needs a spot with low light and increased humidity to look its best and put on a lovely foliage display. High humidity keeps the leaves hydrated, making this plant a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas with naturally high humidity. You can still enjoy a Prayer Plant in areas with low humidity, but you’ll need to use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water.

Furry Feather Calathea Sunlight Requirements

Low indirect light is best for Furry Feather Calathea. Increased light can damage the sensitive foliage and dry out the soil and leaves. Avoid direct sunlight, which is more than the leaves can handle. 

Furry Feather Calathea Care

The Furry Feather Calathea is easy as far as Prayer Plants go, but it does require high humidity. High levels of moisture in the air keep the leaves full and healthy. The foliage dries and turns brown along the edges when grown in dry conditions.

Watering Furry Feather Calathea

Feel the soil to accurately gauge the dryness and water when the top layer of the soil is damp. Furry Feather Calathea prefers damp soil. This plant does not like to dry out, and it does not like to be soggy. Finding that middle ground between dry and saturated is ideal for keeping Furry Feather Calathea happy.

Feeding Furry Feather Calathea

Feeding Calathea helps this plant push out new leaves and flowers, but too much of a good thing can be damaging. Feed the Furry Feather Calathea when the plant is actively growing in the spring and summer. Use a water-soluble, balanced or nitrogen-rich fertilizer every two weeks.

Furry Feather Calathea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Mature Height: 23-inches
Mature Spread: 6 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Yellowish with Green
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Soft Green
Temperature: 60° - 70°F (16° - 21°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Furry Feather Calathea
Other Name(s): Goeppertia Rufibarba, Velvet Calathea
Scientific Name: Calathea rufibarba
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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