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 Know 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 Know As:

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

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

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

#3 Pot

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

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

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

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.