Calathea Rufibarba
Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

Calathea Rufibarba

Calathea Rufibarba like to be fairly humid and do not like to be root bound, find out below how to get the best out of your plant…

Calathea Rufibarba Summary

Light needs:Plenty of bright but indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly in winter, twice weekly in summer, water if the top 25% is dry.
Fertilizer:Use an NPK 3:1:2 feed once a month in the summer months. 
Soil:Rich, well draining compost with some perlite for drainage.
Temperature:18-27°C (65-80°F). 
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Underwatering and lack of humidity.


The calathea rufibarba is a really nice calathea with long sword-like leaves that feel velvety to the touch.

See also: Calathea Medallion Care, Calathea Orbifolia, Calathea White Fusion.

Calathea Rufibarba Light Needs

Give your calathea rufibarba plenty of bright but indirect sunlight.

How Often to Water

Check your calathea once a week in winter and twice in summer and water if the top 25% is dry.


Use a feed once a month in the summer months. Select one which is aimed at foliage, and has slightly higher nitrogen content. You can use a balanced feed with an npk of something like 1:1:1 (all numbers the same), but as this is a leafy plant it is good to use one with more nitrogen so an npk of something like 3:1:2.


Use a rich, but well draining compost. You can add some perlite to ensure it drains well.

When To Repot

Repot once a year even if not going up a pot size to keep the soil rich and refresh nutrients.

Calathea Rufibarba Humidity

50%-60%. Calatheas like the high end of household humidity. You can mist them daily to up the level of humidity. For me, i have always been able to keep calatheas healthy as long as I mist them or give them a humidity pebble tray. They can easily curl or crisp up if the humidity drops too much.


18-27°C (65-80°F). Normal household temperatures will be fine. Don’t let them get too cold in winter, 15°C (59°F) is a good minimum temperature.

Calathea Rufibarba Where To Buy

Support your local plant store where you can, if they don’t have one, try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Velvet calathea, furry feather calathea, calathea wavestar.

Calathea Rufibarba FAQs and Common Problems

Leaves can dry up and go crispy if not given enough humidity or moisture, so make sure the plant is watered well. Be careful of plant pests too.

A calathea rufibarba does not like to be root bound, make sure you give it plenty of space in the pot and repot it once a year.

How Big Can It Grow?

They can grow to a meter in height (3 feet), making them a relatively large houseplant at maturity.

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