Calathea Pinstripe

A Beginner's Guide to Calathea Pinstripe Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Marantaceae 
Common Name: Pinstripe Calathea 
Botanical Name: Calathea ornata

Introducing the Calathea Pinstripe. This is a plant that will have you experiencing “love at first leaf” when you first lay eyes on this layered pink show-off. Most likely, you will fall for the prominent pink stripes that perfectly radiate from the center of the glossy leaf. If you want this plant to love you back, give it extra humidity, and keep it with other indoor plants that love company This member of the group, which is commonly called a Prayer Plant, is also a fabulous air-purifying houseplant!

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Calathea Pinstripe thrives most when it receives medium to bright indirect light. Calathea can generally handle low light, but increased light can help maintain the vivid colors and patterns on the foliage. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight, as it can be damaging and could cause the colors to fade.


Calathea Pinstripe plants have high water requirements. Thoroughly water this indoor plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Calathea Pinstripe houseplants do best in well-draining soil and in containers with drainage. While this type of plant is a thirsty houseplant, they still like to dry out between watering.
The type of water used can make a difference when watering this plant. Tap water may contain different minerals or compounds that can damage the leaves. Brown edges along the leaves can indicate that the water is high in salt or contains chlorine, chloramine, bromide, or fluoride. It may be best to water the plant using filtered or distilled water or water collected from a dehumidifier if you suspect tap water is unsuitable for your Calathea Pinstripe.



Potting soil rich in nutrients and organic matter but still can drain well is the perfect growing medium for your Calathea Pinstripe. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but make sure that it does not contain water-retentive crystals as it can cause the soil to stay moist, causing root rot continually. If you are feeling adventurous, try creating your potting soil!


As tropical plants, Calathea Pinstripe plants like warmer temperatures. An average room temperature above 65°F is acceptable, but this indoor plant won't mind if it gets warmer and the temperature creeps closer to 85°F.
Avoid placing this plant near exterior doors, drafty windows, and vents, particularly during the colder months. Make sure to avoid placement near air conditioning vents during the warmer months.



High humidity is a must-have for plants like Calathea Pinstripe. The leaves may begin to curl, or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea Pinstripe indoor plants do well in a kitchen, bathroom, or any area with extra moisture in the air. Using a humidifier or a pebble tray with water can help give calathea the extra dampness they crave. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!


Fertilizing your Calathea Pinstripe can help promote new growth and even blooms depending on the variety. A complete liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength is a good option. When repotting, you can also amend the soil with seaweed or fish emulsion, or worm castings. Your Calathea Pinstripe will benefit from being fertilized during the growing season. This indoor plant does not need to be fertilized during the colder months when the plant is dormant. 

Growth Rate

Calathea Pinstripe plants are medium-sized and can grow up to 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) in height. However, some Calathea Rosy can grow a bit taller under certain circumstances. It depends on how well you care for your plant and its growing conditions.

Pet Friend or Foe

A Calathea Pinstripe is non-toxic! Friend!

Pro Tips

  1. Avoid exposing your Calathea Pinstripe to direct sunlight. It can lead to leaf burn. It is best you have your plant near a window that is facing north or east with filtered sunlight. Keep in mind that the plants leaf colors may not develop if the light is too low.
  2. During the spring and summer months, fertilize your plants with a diluted liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. Reduce or pause fertilizing your Calathea Pinstripe in the fall and winter months.
  3. You can repot your plant every 1-2 years. Do this in the spring by using a fresh pot.
  4. Make sure to give your plant the right light, humidity, and regular care in order to help your plant thrive and to help show its gorgeous pinstriped leaves!


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