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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 San Jose, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
November 26th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…
November 27th, 2021
San Jose is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to decrease by 27.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.7 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
November 27th, 2021
This month, San Jose is getting an average of 10.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.5 total hours of da…
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 San Jose, California ⛅.
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 27th, 2021
The growing potential in San Jose 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 repo…
What other plant parents say
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!
Idk what to do. It was so pretty and full with new leaves unfolding when I got her and now all leaves have brown and I’ve had to trim most off 😭. I’ve tried her in a couple different places but haven’t figured her out. I’m hoping I can revive her. This is the only plant I have a hard time with I’ve been able to bring others back or grow them from where they started but she just isn’t. 😔 I’m hoping what others have experienced will be true for me too 🤞🏾
Best in high humidity, bright indirect light, very picky and it may take a while and a few brown or drooping leaves to get the right location for it.
Once you can maintain its needs its leaves grow large and nice and a pleasure to watch as it moves.
This calathea literally stopped me in my tracks when I saw it in the store! The leaves look and feel like bird feathers. They are whisper soft, hence the name “Whisper” for mine! So far, care has been easy but I have to pay attention to when to water since I don’t think the app has a firm grasp on it yet. Also, the leaves tend to droop a bit during the day and perk up in the evening. Seriously though - this plant is gorgeous!
Elliott was almost a goner back in December. I am not sure why, but he lost all his leaves and wasn’t coming back. I rarely give up on plants, so I brought the pot closer to the window, put a little ET figurine on the edge of the pot, and kept watering. By March, one little leaf came up. Then another and another. Now it seems like there is at least one new leaf every month and he looks really healthy.
These plants literally tell you what they need!!! She was beautiful yesterday when I went to bed and this morning she looks like I haven’t watered her in weeks!!!! She’s completely closed up, dropping, the whole nine yards, but I know by tomorrow morning she’s going to be beautiful again!
Came with crispy broken leaves, I am assuming broken via transit. The plant survived and is even now sprouting new little saplings all along the bottom under the leaves closest to the soil. I do have it next to a humidifier which may have stabilized the environment for him.
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