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Calathea setosa, also known as the Velvet Calathea, is a member of the Marantaceae family and is native to South America. This plant has been enjoyed for centuries for its unique appearance and is considered a symbol of tropical beauty.
The Calathea setosa was first discovered and named by Carl Ludwig Willdenow, a German botanist, in 1805. Since then, it has become a popular houseplant around the world, known for its vibrant foliage and easy care requirements.
In its natural habitat, Calathea setosa can be found growing in the dense forests of Brazil, where it thrives in the warm, humid environment. The plant is often used in traditional medicine in South America, where it is believed to have healing properties.
Caring for your Grey Star Calathea
Today, the Calathea setosa is a popular choice for indoor gardens and collections, thanks to its unique appearance and easy care requirements. With the right growing conditions and care, this plant can thrive for years and add a touch of tropical beauty to any home or office.
This plant prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.
Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry. Calathea setosa prefers moist soil, but overwatering can cause root rot. Ensure that the soil is well-draining.
This plant thrives in high humidity. Misting the leaves or placing a humidifier nearby can help create the right environment.
Calathea setosa prefers warm temperatures between 60°F (15°C) and 75°F (24°C).
Fertilize the plant monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
Prune the plant to remove yellow or damaged leaves.