Calathea Roseopicta Care Guide

Also known as the prayer plant or the Calathea dottie, the Calathea roseopicta She is native to the tropical forests of Brazil.



The perfect spot for the Calathea Roseopicta green is about a metre away from any west or east-facing window. Prayer plants should be kept away from any direct sunlight especially in the summer months when the sun is at its hottest. Calatheas are very sensitive to hot sun and as a result their foliage will wilt and burn. Lighting-wise the Calathea Roseopicta green would pair perfectly with Monty the Monstera and Lily the peace lily.


The Calathea species prefer semi-moist soil and should never be left to dry out. Check the soil twice a week and only water if the first few inches are dry. Never let the Calathea Roseopicta green sit in excess water for a long period of time. If you’re unsure when to water your Calathea, check out our watering blog.


The Calathea Roseopicta green needs to be placed in a humid room like a bathroom or placed near a humidifier. Find out how to increase humidity in your home here. Keep Ruby away from any excessive sources of heat or cold. This includes open windows, air vents and radiators. Any sources of heat will dry out the foliage causing the leaves to brown and crisp.


The perfect indoor temperature for the Calathea Roseopicta green is between 18ºC-24°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C Ruby will be happy.


Use our fortifying fertiliser once every 4-6 weeks for optimal growth. Do not fertilise in the winter months as this can lead to shocking the plant during its dormancy period.


The Calathea Roseopicta green can stay in its original pot for 1-2 years. Check the bottom of the pot for large, white roots sticking out of the bottom. This is a sign that Ruby is ready to be repotted. Use a blend of peat free soil, perlite and orchid bark for the perfect Calathea potting mix.



Drooping leaves -The prayer plant’s leaves will naturally move with the light and will appear droopy throughout the day and stand up tall at night. If the Calathea is still droopy at nighttime then it might mean that the Calathea is ready for a drink.

 Curling leaves - This can happen for two reasons:

  1. The curling leaves could be from cold stress. Keep Ruby away from any open windows or draughty hallways. 
  2. The Calathea could also be ready for a drink. Check the first few inches of soil and only water Ruby if the soil is dry. Avoid letting the soil dry out too much.

 Crispy brown edges - The brown leaves could be caused by a variety of things. 

1. The Calathea Roseopicta green can be sensitive to hard water which could be causing the leaves to brown. If possible use filtered or rainwater.

2. Lack of humidity levels. Be sure that Ruby is placed near a humidifier or is grouped with plants that release humidity in the air like the peace lily, boston fern and spider plant.



Top tip 1: Use our beautifying leaf shine on the Calathea’s leaves once every 2-3 weeks to remove any dirt or dust.

Top tip 2: Check out our ultimate Calathea care blog which has in-depth plant care tips on how to keep a Calathea happy.

Top tip 3: Water the Calathea Roseopicta green with filtered or rainwater. She will react badly to the chemicals found in tap water.

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