Calathea 'Warscewiczii Goeppertia warszewiczii, 6"Brand - PlantX
With velvety leaves and stunning foliage patterns, the Calathea 'Warscewiczii' will stand out with its dark green banding that runs throughout the foliage, deep maroon undersides, and small cream-colored flowers.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Other Common Names: Calathea ‘Jungle Velvet’
- Binomial Name: Goeppertia warszewiczii
- Care Level: Medium to Easy
- Light: bright-to-medium indirect light
- Water: Keep soil moist
- Pet Friendly: Yes
With velvety leaves and stunning foliage patterns, the Calathea 'Warscewiczii' will stand out with its dark green banding that runs throughout the foliage, deep maroon undersides, and small cream-colored flowers. The Calathea 'Warscewiczii' will make a great addition to any prayer plant's admirers collection.
Like the Prayer plant, the foliage performs a slow daily dance and rises at night. These active leaves move in response to temperatures and lighting. The Calathea 'Warscewiczii' originated from tropical forest undergrowth in central and South America and will thrive in a higher humidity environment with bright-to-medium indirect light. In optimal conditions, this jungle velvet can grow to 3-4 feet in height.
PlantX Top Tip: Calatheas are sensitive to mineral and fluoride levels in tap water. Use distilled or rainwater to keep your leaves looking pristine!
How to Care for Calathea 'Warscewiczii'
- Light: Prefers Medium to bright, indirect light with no direct sun
- Water: Keep soil moist, do not let it dry completely
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Division
- Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Wipe the leaves every few weeks to remove debris
- Toxicity: Non-Toxic.
Calathea ‘Warscewiczii’- Common Problems
The older leaves are turning yellow: This can be the natural process that occurs as the plant matures. If the new growth begins to turn yellow, check the roots for possible signs of overwatering. Yellowing leaves can also be an indicator of underwatering, dry air, and cool air. Check the soil with either a moisture meter or with your fingertip and water this Calathea when the top inch of the soil dries out. Remove the yellow leaves and keep the plant in a warm area with some humidity.
The tips of the leaves are turning brown: Calathea plants love humidity and dislike tap water. Up the humidity by misting or placing your plant on a humidity tray. In order to reduce fluoride damage, use distilled water.
The leaves are curling: This could mean the plant needs water, check the soil moisture and water accordingly. If the soil is moist, check the roots for any rot.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Spider mites, mealybugs, and, fungus gnats.