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Warscewiczii Calathea

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  • Striking, Patterned Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3-4 Feet
  • Pet Safe

Calathea ‘Warscewiczii’, also known as Prayer plant or Jungle Velvet, is an exceptionally attractive tropical plant native to Central and South America that is sure to become a favorite in your collection. With its exotically patterned leaves, deep velvety multi-toned foliage in a fishtail pattern, and burgundy-colored undersides, Calathea ‘Warscewiczii’ is truly stunning. 

Best Locations For Growing Warscewiczii Calathea

Place Warscewiczii in a spot that gets bright indirect light, and aim for 50-60% humidity levels and temperatures between 65 - 85 degrees F. Calatheas are intolerant of colder temperatures and should be placed away from chilly drafts. 

Warscewiczii Calathea Sunlight Requirements

This Calathea requires medium to bright indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight.

Warscewiczii Calathea Care

Calathea ‘Warscewiczii’ prefers bright indirect light, warm temperatures, high humidity and consistently moist soil. Trim off any dry or damaged leaves or stems to leave room for healthy new growth. Calatheas prefer infrequent repotting, so only repot if your plant is rootbound. Use a loose indoor potting mix with plenty of organic matter such as peat/coir and perlite, or you can use an African violet mix. Propagate by division in spring or summer. 

Watering Warscewiczii Calathea

Calathea ‘Warscewiczii’ likes consistently moist, well-draining soil. Water it using distilled or filtered water, or allow tap water to sit out for 24 hours before watering to evaporate excess chlorine. Keep the soil lightly moist but never soggy–allow the top few inches to completely dry out before watering. Water early in the day so the plant has ample time to dry before night–this helps avoid any fungal issues. Reduce watering during the winter months, when the Calathea growth rate is reduced. 

Feeding Warscewiczii Calathea

Feed throughout the spring and summer with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 - 1/2 the manufacturer’s recommended strength. Do not fertilize during the winter months. Flush the soil several times a year using filtered or distilled water to avoid salt buildup.

Warscewiczii Calathea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium 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: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 3-4 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: Cream
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Purple
Foliage Description: Dark Green, Solid Purplish Tones Underneath
Temperature: 65° - 80°F (18° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Warscewiczii Calathea
Other Name(s): Jungle Velvet Calathea, Prayer Plant
Scientific Name: Calathea warscewiczii
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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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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