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Velvet Calathea

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Hey hey! I’m Mike the Calathea rufibarba, although I’m better known as the furry feather Calathea because of how my crimped leaves supposedly look like the feathers of a bird. My rich, purply-red underleaf is quite eye-catching, wouldn’t you agree?

Like the 500 other varieties of Calathea, I’m most at home basking in the warmth of the Amazon rainforest. I’m not going to say there’s sibling rivalry, but my narrow, green leaves with a purple-red underside attract quite a lot of jealousy from some of the other Calatheas - although I won’t name names!

The rainforest, with its humidity, warm temperatures and large trees that give my delicate leaves shade from the hot sun, might be my ideal habitat, but I’m pretty excited to move into your home, too. I’ll be a colourful and intriguing addition to your shady living room, bedroom or kitchen!

Small height (including nursery pot) 50-55cm; pot diameter 14cm.

Big height (including nursery pot) 65-75cm; pot diameter 19cm.


Among those in the know, Calatheas or prayer plants symbolise a new start and are often given as a gift to represent turning over a new leaf and welcoming new change. It’s all because of their curious habit of moving their leaves upwards at night - just like hands in prayer!

Thanks to their purply-red undersides, Mike’s gorgeous foliage will add a quirky splash of colour to your living room.


Mike is a stylish plant who loves high humidity and filtered water to keep his leaves in tip-top condition.


 I prefer a partially shady room. Any direct sunlight will cause my leaves to wilt.


I don’t like dry soil, so little-and-often amounts are ideal for my survival. In the summer, water me twice a week or whenever the first few centimetres of my soil is dry.


I love humidity and will benefit from being placed near a humidifier or another Calathea for a humidity boost.


You can give me a diluted fertiliser once a month in the growing season. Don’t fertilise me in the winter months.





The best room for Mike is in a shady living room where he’ll receive dappled sunlight.






How do you care for a Calathea rufibarba?

Taking care of your Calathea Rufibarba is relatively easy once you’ve got to grips with a few basic Calathea care tips. Keep the temperature consistently between 18°C and 25°C and keep Mike away from direct light or the hot sun; dappled, shaded light is the best for keeping him happy. You might notice Mike’s leaves curl if he’s placed in a cold room with a draft, so avoid cold hallways as these can really upset him.

If you notice his leaves start to crisp or turn brown, this is most likely from a lack of humidity or a bad reaction to tap water. Place Mike near a humidifier or on a pebble tray to keep his humidity levels over 60% and, if possible, always use filtered or rain water when watering him.

How often should I water my Calathea rufibarba?

It’s important to check the first few centimetres of soil every week and only water if they feel dry. Mike can be sensitive to overwatering and doesn’t like to sit in any excess water or overly wet soil. In the summer, Mike may need watering twice a week - particularly during warm spells - but you’ll probably want to reduce this in winter months.

Why is my Calathea rufibarba drooping?

The best thing about Calatheas is they have an in-built “I’m ready to be watered” warning mechanism! Drooping leaves is a common sign that Mike - or any Calathea really - is ready for a drink. Feel the first few centimetres of soil to make sure they’re dry, and then give him some water. However, don’t be fooled: as Mike is part of the prayer plant family, you’ll soon notice his leaves move naturally throughout the day and this can be mistaken for him needing more water. He may therefore look droopy during the day, but he’ll eventually stand up tall at night.


Mike’s quirky purple foliage can be displayed on a shelf or side table as a pretty splash of colour in your home. House him in our stylish cool grey clay pot to avoid detracting any attention away from Mike’s beautiful burgundy underleaf.

Match Mike with our healing crystal and meditative candle for a complete coffee table look that’ll bring warmth and positive energy to your home.


We use a next day delivery service with one of our trusted couriers. Please allow a little bit of packing time. During COVID and busy times this can be up to 5 days.


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If you have received a damaged plant or within 30 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.


Our goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2025 to help save our environment.


We individually package our plants with recyclable materials to ensure you receive the highest quality plants. Every plant leaves us with a Pointless Plants quality assured sticker, this means we have checked the plant and it meets our very high standards. ** Please note some plants will contain plastic around them which have been added by growers to protect their delicate leaves. We do our best not add single use plastic to our orders

We send our plants using a next day delivery trusted courier service which will give you shipping updates and the opportunity to rearrange delivery. We do leave a delivery instruction to leave box in a safe place as a quick delivery ensures quality of our plants are maintained. This should also avoid having to reschedule missed deliveries.

99% of the time our plants are delivered safely. Occasionally plants may arrive a little bit damaged. In this case send us a picture within 72hours and we will be more than happy to replace them.

We ship using a next day delivery but, sometimes we need a 3-7day period to process your order. This is because demand fluctuates, we may need extra packing time or plants availability has changed at the last minute. We try our best to make delivery as quick as possible and we are working very hard on reducing our dispatch time.


Returns & Refunds

If you receive your plants and they are damaged from delivery, we will happily replace them. Just send us a picture within 72 hours of receiving them.

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at hello@pointlessplants.com​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.

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Call us or WhatsApp, 07308953372


Who Are Pointless Plants?

What makes you different from other plant companies?

We don’t see ourselves as a business. Our mission is to make the world a happier, better and greener place. We think delivering houseplants is a good start.


Do you really plant 10 trees for every order?

Yes, we have an API installed on our website which automatically plants trees with Ecologi when an order is made. Our slogan is ‘Create a Jungle’ and we are on a mission to make the world a greener place. We are always looking to do more and when we get the chance to travel, we’re hoping to see our impact first hand. Sometimes we save our trees for a big project where we can help first hand. This isn't just about short term carbon offsetting. This is about long term biodiversity, rebuilding and conserving our planet!




What changes have you made for a safer delivery?

Delivering your plants to you is our top priority. We have implemented social distancing in our office and our team is working from home whenever possible. Our postage carrier has also implicated contact free delivery.



Plant care

Do you have any information on caring for my plant?

Yes we do! On each individual plant page we have a summary of how to look after each specific plant. We will tell you about watering, light and humidity. This will help to get you started.

We also have specific plant care documents on our website. CLICK HERE


Do you have any plants that will purify my home?

Absolutely, many houseplants not only look great but are also busy at work making the air in your home as clean as possible. Check out our ‘Air Purifying Machines’.


Can I put my plant in a room with no windows?

While some plants thrive in lower light conditions, all plants need some light to survive. Check out our top 5 best shade loving plants. (Snake plant, ZZ Plant, Palm, Cast Iron Plant, Peace Lily)


Do you have any plants for my office?

Yes, we’d love to brighten up your work space. Check out our office plants HERE.


I’m a complete plant beginner. Which plants are right for me?

We were all beginners once. We have so many low maintenance plants to choose from which are perfect for beginners. Check out our ‘Pretty hard to kill plants’ 


I think my plant is dying! Help!

We’re here to help. Send us an email ​hello@pointlessplants.com​ or WhatsApp us on 07308953372 and we can help assist you further.

The most common reason for dying plants is overwatering. If your plant is turning yellow, this is due to overwatering. Always feel the soil of your houseplant before you water to make sure it is dry.


Are your plants pet safe?

This does vary depending on the plant. We have an entire section on pet safe plants. We want to make sure the furry members of your family are safe. Find our range of pet safe houseplants HERE.




Can I cancel or edit my order?

Yes, for most orders we can edit or cancel them, provided your order has not already been dispatched from our warehouse. This could range from 1-6 days and will depend on stock availability.

Email us at hello@pointlessplants.comor WhatsApp us on07308953372​ ​and we will work out the best course of action for you and your new plants.


Is there a minimum spend?

No. You are free to order as much or as little as you like. 


I’m not happy with my plants. What are my next steps?

We’re sorry to hear this! Send us pictures of the problem on any form of social media, email (hello@pointlessplants.com) or WhatsApp (07308953372). We will base each case specifically on the individual situation.

We will try our best to rectify the problem and leave you with a solution you are happy with.


Does my plant arrive already potted?

All our plants arrive potted in a plastic nursery pot. Some of our plants arrive in decorative pots. This will be clearly stated on the plant’s specific page as to whether the decorative pot is included or not.


Do you offer a gift note option?

If you have any special requests, we’d love to hear from you. Our website does have a 'Add a gift note' section. Send us an email on hello@pointlessplants.comor message on our WhatsApp 07308953372​ if you need anymore help.




Can I pick my delivery date?

At this time we do not have an option for picking an exact date. If you’re in need of your order to arrive on a particular date, please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comand we will do our best to get your plants to you as soon as we can.


How will my delivery be tracked?

Your order will be delivered to you through DHL shipping. You will receive a link from DHL shipping where you can rearrange delivery and pick a safe space. On the morning of delivery, you will receive a 1 hour delivery time slot. If you wish to receive notifications by text please enter your phone number at checkout.


How long will delivery take? 

On most orders we have next day delivery. If you live in Belfast or Scotland this could take up to 48 hours. Depending on stock availability please allow up to 7 days. Please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comif you have any further questions on when to expect your order.


What is the price for delivery?

Delivery is £3.95 for next day and £8.99 for Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Scottish Islands. This could vary due to dispatch time. 


How are you environmentally friendly?

We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All our packaging is made from recycled materials and can be recycled further. Please recycle our packaging if possible.




Do you accept returns?

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at hello@pointlessplants.com​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.


What is your refund policy?

We will treat each situation individually and work out the best solution for you. Please contact us on WhatsApp 07308953372or email at hello@pointlessplants.com and we can assist further.