Kiersten lives in New Orleans, LA and graduated with her masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University in 2019.
She has conducted or assisted on research studies covering trees such as the bald cypress, swamp maple, and water tupelo, as well as important marsh grasses including Juncus, Spartina, and Phragmites.
Kiersten is (nearly!) a Louisiana Master Naturalist and regularly volunteers with local community gardens and nonprofits to help restore critical ecosystems along the Gulf Coast.
3.9 out of 5 (148 experiences)
Also known as
Jungle Velvet and Calathea roseopicta
How to care for Rose Calathea
Rose Calathea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Rose Calathea may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rose Calathea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
A beautiful plant, but in true Calathea style, they’re drama queens. Make sure before you get one or whilst you are buying it that you have a space with enough humidity for them.
For my Rose Calathea, I have her set up with a pebble tray inside of a fishbowl. This focuses the humidity on to the plant.
They like to be damp, but not wet.
Make sure they’re not too close to the window. Mine is about 3ft away from a window with blinds, and that’s where she’s seemed happiest.
Finding a happy medium takes a little work, but once you have it, you’ll have a happy plant.
Best of luck!! 🌱
So I’ve had a few crispy edges that I’ve trimmed down but otherwise, it hasn’t been as dramatic as I’ve read/heard. My humidity generally fluctuates between 40-60% but it seems happy as long as I keep it’s soil consistently moist but not wet. I love its leaves, it stands out among all the green. And its been putting out a new leafy almost weekly and growing fast!
I know that people have difficulties with Calathea, but Julio has been thriving and putting out new leaves since I got him in April 2021. I think the trick is to follow Greg’s watering advice, and put somewhere super bright. I have him about 10ft away from a west-facing window so he gets lots of bright indirect light throughout the day, and then about an hour of direct light when the sun is going down. He’s far enough away from the window that he doesn’t burn from the sun. I also kept him in the plastic pot I got him in so there’s plenty of drainage. He’s just living his best life!
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