With its beautiful white, green, and mauve tones, the Calathea Roseopicta is a stunning addition to any indoor garden collection. Reaching a fairly large size, this space filler is a moderately easy care Calathea to grow and is also known as the Rose Painted/ Medallion Calathea thanks to its beautiful painted leaf appearance. Here’s a Calathea care guide, as well as watering requirements and how to propagate this Marantaceae family plant.
Calatheas are often referred to as prayer plants thanks to the fact that the leaves move up and down throughout the day, in of themselves. During daylight hours, the leaves will often lay flat, allowing the plant to benefit from the maximum possible amount of light. During nighttime, the leaves will point upwards. If the plant does not receive enough humidity, then the leaves will curl inwards and will require higher humidity levels.
The Calathea Roseopicta originates from northwest Brazil and is an evergreen perennial, meaning that, given the right conditions, it can live for at least several years in an indoor home environment. The rose painted Calathea can grow up to around 50 cm in height and even more than this in terms of width.
There are several different varieties of Calathea Roseopicta, with the leaves being marked by cream/ white or pink stripes. In turn, each of these Roseopictas are known by their own nickname, with ‘eclipse,’ ‘medallion’, and ‘dottie’ among those you can choose from.
Calathea Roseopicta Care Tips & Guide
Compared with other types of Calatheas, such as the Calathea Ornata, the Roseopicta is relatively unfussy and is perfect for those who love striking leaves with less care. For example, the Calathea Roseopicta tends to be a lot less susceptible to mineralised water.
The plant enjoys moderate indirect sunlight, meaning that it shouldn’t be placed directly in front of a window. If you do this, then the leaves are likely to lose their distinctive bright and colourful pattern. Instead, place your Calathea in a corner which receives moderate sunlight and watch it flourish.
In comparison with many philodendrons, Calatheas are particularly susceptible to humidity levels and their natural habitat of the rainforest means that they enjoy very high humidity levels. I personally have mine in the kitchen, where it thrives. I also mist the plant on a daily basis.
Calatheas also dislike cold temperatures and so 16 degrees Celsius is really the minimum that this tropical plant will tolerate. The Roseopicta likes being moist at all times, but won’t tolerate wet feet well as this leads to root rot. As such, be sure to use a well draining soil mix and only water the plant when the top inch or so of the soil is dry.
Rose Painted Calathea/ Medallion Calathea Propagation
Unfortunately, unlike most aroids and many species of succulent, Calatheas cannot be propagated by stem cutting. Instead, propagation is through division whereby the plant is divided at the roots into several plants during the start of the growing season (i.e. in the spring). Following division and repotting, be wary not to overwater the plants. As each individual plant is smaller than the original, they will require less water.
Calathea Roseopicta Problems & Pests
Fortunately, the Roseopicta is one of the more resilient of the Calatheas and so even new growers shouldn’t experience too many problems. With that being said, the leaves are still susceptible to high mineral concentrations in water. Symptoms of this include browning leaf tips and so, if this occurs, consider using filtered or rain water.
Symptoms of overwatering are limp stems, while symptoms of under-watering include leaf dropping and leaf-tips browning. When it comes to Calathea pests, scale and spider mites can become a problem. Spider mites tend to become particularly bad when the humidity levels drop too low and the plant is stressed out. Spider mites can be treated using insecticidal soap, whereas scale can be treated using neem oil.
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