How to Care for Rose Painted Calathea

One of the most popular tropical house plants, the rose painted calathea is prized for its strikingly beautiful leaves that are tinged with pink or white. This is the perfect indoor plant for those who love colorful leaves and small flowers.

Here are important things to keep in mind when growing a rose painted calathea in your apartment.

Give it a good place indoors. The best way to show off the rose painted calathea is by placing it on a table away from direct sunlight and from drafts. The plant needs a brightly-lit room, so you can also place it in an east-facing window.

Re-pot properly. After you purchase the plant, it is a good idea to re-pot it in a peat-based potting mix with one part perlite and two parts peat. It is also advisable to re-pot the rose painted calathea once every two years into a bigger pot. This can be done at the same time as when propagating the plant by dividing.

Maintain proper temperature. Because the rose painted calathea is a tropical plant, you need to keep the temperature between 18°C to 24°C. This range also makes it ideal to grow the plant indoors than outdoors where it is easier for you to control temperature and humidity. However, in an air-conditioned room, the plant must never be exposed to temperatures below 15°C or it will die.

Keep humidity consistent. You can mist the rose painted calathea to keep the humidity constant or install a humidifier in your home (it is good for you overall).

Keep the soil moist. The soil in the pot must be kept moist all the time, but do not drown the rose painted calathea in water. Check if the top inch of the soil is dry before watering with distilled or tepid rainwater. If you have just propagated the rose painted calathea, take note not to over-water until the newly potted plants have a new growth.

Use a diluted fertilizer. A balanced but diluted fertilizer should be enough for the rose painted calathea. You can feed it once every two weeks especially between April to October to keep the leaves vibrant.

Watch out for common issues. The rose painted calathea may have browned leaves if the air is dry or humidity is lacking. Dropping leaves may be caused by the same issues, while spotted or curling leaves may be due to under-watering. Curling leaves may also indicate very high temperatures.

Soil must be kept moist to keep the plant from drying. You can place the pot on a tray with wet pebbles near a humidifier to adjust humidity around the plant. However, if you notice the stems are limp, avoid watering the calathea too much.