Calathea roseopicta, also known as the rose painted Calathea, is a stunning large-leaved prayer plant. It has been selectively bred into many different leaf patterns all known under different names (such as Calathea ‘medallion’, ‘eclipse’ and ‘dottie’), which means there are plenty of varieties to choose from. The perfect plant if you’re looking for a real eyecatcher!
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Calathea roseopicta care and growing Calathea roseopicta in your own home.
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Calathea roseopicta care
Calathea roseopicta is naturally found in rainforests in South-America, which gives us some good care indications to keep in mind when growing this plant at home. Rainforests are very humid and this plant definitely appreciates high humidity and moist soil. It isn’t used to receiving direct sun, as all sunlight is naturally blocked out by larger trees.
Calathea roseopicta light, location & temperature
- This plant can’t handle direct sunlight and needs to be placed in a spot that receives bright but indirect light. It’s is often marketed as being suitable for very dark locations but unfortunately this is a bit of a myth. Although Calathea roseopicta might survive in a location with little light, it won’t thrive or put out any new growth.
- When choosing a location for your Calathea roseopicta there are a few factors to keep in mind. Its lighting needs mean it appreciates being placed near a window that doesn’t receive direct sun. Because it likes plenty of humidity it will love a spot in the kitchen or bathroom, which are often a little more humid than the rest of your home.
- Because Calathea roseopicta naturally grows in rainforests it won’t respond well to low temperatures. Room temperature works just fine; be sure to avoid drafts and place it a few inches away from cold winter windows.
Calathea roseopicta soil and planting
When putting together a soil mixture for your Calathea roseopicta it’s important to keep in mind that this plant likes lightly moist soil but doesn’t appreciate wet feet at all. This means you need a mixture that retains some water but also allows excess moisture to drain quickly. Most sources recommend a peat-based potting soil mixed with about 1/3 perlite to improve drainage. This works fine for the plant, but unfortunately peat isn’t the most sustainable potting material. You could try using coco coir instead, as it should also hold water quite well.
Pot-wise, plastic nursery pots such as these should work well. The holes in the bottom allow excess water to drain while the plastic material prevents the soil from drying out completely. You can place the nursery pot inside a decorative outer pot.
Watering Calathea roseopicta
Watering is where things go wrong for many new Calathea roseopicta owners. It can be a little difficult to find the right balance, as this plant likes moist soil but hates standing in a layer of water. During the growing season, try watering a little bit multiple times a week as soon as the top of the soil has dried out. During wintertime when the plant is putting out less or no new growth you can reduce the watering frequency.
If you’re watering correctly but still feel like your Calathea roseopicta is not doing well it might be a good idea to switch to distilled/demineralized water or to collect rainwater. This plant, like many others, is sensitive to the minerals in our tap water.
Calathea roseopicta fertilizer
You can fertilize your Calathea roseopicta during the growing season as long as it’s putting out new growth. A basic houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength should work well.
Buying Calathea roseopicta
Calathea roseopicta is one of the more common prayer plant species and you should be able to find it at most plant stores and garden centers. Keep in mind that there are many different varieties with different colors and patterns, though leaf shape will always be the same. You can buy Calathea medallion, one of the most popular varieties, online here.
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If you have any more questions about Calathea roseopicta care or if you want to share your own experiences with this stunning prayer plant, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
Cover photo: Calathea by skpineda. Thank you!