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Calathea warscewiczii, also known as Velvet Calathea or Calathea Jungle Velvet, is a stunning plant appreciated for its large, velvety leaves with intricate patterns. Here are some care tips to help you maintain a healthy Calathea warscewiczii:

1. **Light**: Calathea warscewiczii prefers bright, indirect light. It thrives in medium to low light conditions. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it's best to place it where it receives filtered light or in a shaded area.

2. **Watering**: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry, typically every 1-2 weeks depending on environmental conditions. Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant.

3. **Humidity**: Calathea warscewiczii thrives in high humidity. Mist the leaves regularly or use a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity around the plant. You can also use a room humidifier to maintain adequate moisture levels.

4. **Temperature**: It prefers temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations, which can cause stress and leaf damage.

5. **Soil**: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure adequate moisture retention while allowing excess water to drain freely. A mix formulated for African violets or orchids can also work well.

6. **Fertilizing**: Feed Calathea warscewiczii every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Reduce feeding or stop altogether during the fall and winter months when growth slows down.

7. **Pruning**: Trim brown or yellowed leaves at the base to maintain the plant's appearance and overall health. Regular pruning can also help manage the plant's size and shape.

8. **Cleaning**: Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth regularly to remove dust and keep the foliage clean. This also helps the plant photosynthesize more effectively.

9. **Potting**: Repot Calathea warscewiczii every 1-2 years in spring if it has outgrown its current pot. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one to prevent overpotting, which can lead to waterlogged soil.

10. **Pests**: Watch for common houseplant pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Calathea warscewiczii is known for its sensitivity to environmental changes and care mistakes, but with proper attention to watering, humidity, and light conditions, you can enjoy its beautiful foliage and vibrant presence in your home.

Calathea warscewiczii

SKU: calawar
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