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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! 😴
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 located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
November 30th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
November 29th, 2022
Memphis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to decrease by 25.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per …
November 28th, 2022
This month, Memphis is getting an average of 9.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.7 total hours of dayli…
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 Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.
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.
November 30th, 2022
The growing potential in Memphis is low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to repot…
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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