Plant Care Rose Calathea

Rose Calathea

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 11/18/2022

3.9 out of 5 (148 experiences)

Rose Calathea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Rose Calathea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Rose Calathea

Many of the houseplants we used to know as Calatheas now belong to the genus Goeppertia (say that three times fast). These plants have delightfully patterned leaves that come in all sorts of colors and shapes! Commonly known as prayer plants, the leaves of some species fold up at night through a process called nyctinasty meaning night movement! 😴


Goeppertia roseopicta

Also known as

Jungle Velvet and Calathea roseopicta

How to care for Rose Calathea


How often to water your Rose Calathea

Water needs for Rose Calathea
0.5 cups
every 9

Rose Calathea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Houston, Texas.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rose Calathea

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Rose Calathea in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Growing Rose Calathea in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Rose Calathea in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 31st, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Rose Calathea in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 20.8% ☀️

January 27th, 2023

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 20.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.9 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Rose Calathea in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 31st, 2023

This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.9 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Rose Calathea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rose Calathea: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.


How to fertilize Rose Calathea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rose Calathea: repot after 2X growth

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.

Difficulty Level

Rose Calathea can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Rose Calathea

Rose Calathea

Rose Calathea

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Houston, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rose Calathea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 71
Rose Calathea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 51
Rose Calathea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 35
Rose Calathea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 32
Rose Calathea has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 12
Rose Calathea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
Rose Calathea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
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globe Merced, CA

Pissy plant, finicky and high maintenance. Not a starter plant

Browns easily Browns easily
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Hard plant to love.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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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!! 🌱

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Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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Has often new growth and can be easily divided

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globe Foley, AL

So in love with my Calathea. Loves humidity so keep next to humidifier but mine loves being listed a few times a day with a spray bottle. Water when top soil is dry.

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They are gorgeous. But also incredibly crabby little dramatic humidity suckers. Will brown if you talk about or look at her a little too long.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Solana Beach, CA

Must keep up with humidity and water demands. A bit fussy about quality of water 💦 but worth it. So pretty!

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globe Leawood, KS

Avoid at all costs. Will do nothing but break your heart. If you want to be hurt, buy calatheas. These things need to be in a cabinet or special home because my 65% humidity isn’t enough.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Baltimore, MD

While I find this plant beautiful and growing it can be rewarding, it browns easily and the leaves get crispy edged unless provided high humidity and watered consistently (sometimes even then it’ll crisp up!)

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globe Orlando, FL

It’s a calathea - give it humidity or it will throw a fit. 5 starts because the leaves are darker than most other calathea so the brown is less noticeable

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Portland, OR

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!

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
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Be careful with watering-
Water from bottom.

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Survivor Survivor
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globe Washington, DC

Not super finicky as far as calathea go. Pet friendly, so that’s a plus.

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globe Washington, DC

The biggest thing with calathea is to not let them dry out.

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globe Washington, DC

Love this plant. Just don’t let it dry out too much.

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globe Seattle, WA

Likes humidity and indirect light.

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globe Brattleboro, VT

Easy to mistake overwatering for under-watering.

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Personally I love how this plant dances & moves. It’s never in the same position and it’s noticeable. It really makes you feel it’s life energy ⚡️💓😍

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globe Denver, CO

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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globe Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Kärnten

I love my new plant! Just bought it. We will see how it will go 😎

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