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Calathea Rufibarba 8"

Calathea Rufibarba 8"

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Calathea Rufibarba prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its delicate leaves, while too little light can cause the colors to fade.
  • Placement: Place the plant near an east or north-facing window. If you place it in a south or west-facing window, ensure it’s protected from direct sunlight by a sheer curtain.


  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Use distilled or rainwater if possible, as Calatheas are sensitive to the chemicals in tap water.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Calathea Rufibarba thrives in high humidity, ideally between 60-80%. Increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant regularly.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 60°F (15°C) and protect it from drafts or sudden temperature changes.

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix of peat, perlite, and a bit of compost works well.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Calathea Rufibarba every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly remove any dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s appearance. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Calathea Rufibarba.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Calathea Rufibarba can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, poor water quality, or low humidity. Ensure proper watering practices, use filtered or distilled water, and increase humidity if needed.
  • Brown Leaf Edges: Often caused by low humidity, inconsistent watering, or water quality issues. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.
  • Curling Leaves: Can be a sign of underwatering, low humidity, or temperature stress. Check the soil moisture, increase humidity, and ensure the plant

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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