The Velvet Leaf Calathea is a stunning variety. The top of each leaf is deep green, with bright green markings, while each underside is a deep and rich purple.
Originating from the rain forests of Central and South America, it likes indirect light, warmth and humidity. It can also transpire and act as a natural humidifier in your home.
Air Purifying? Yes
Nursery Pot Size: 20cm. Also available to buy with a mat black metal planter (pictured)
Prefers medium to bright light. If placed in direct sunlight the variegation will start to fade and leaves will burn.
Likes regular watering but is sensitive to root rot, make sure the first few inches of soil feel dry to touch before watering again. Water frequently in the summer to avoid curling leaves and reduce your watering schedule in the winter months.
As this is a tropical plant, it loves high levels of humidity and will thrive in a warm and humid climate. Place near a humidifier, on top of a pebble tray or in a steamy bathroom - and away from cold draughts!