Common Name: Calathea Purple Rose
Botanical Name: Calathea (Geoppertia) roseopicta ‘Purple Rose’
This Prayer Plant will grab your attention. It's hard to look away once you set your eyes on it because it has a way of changing its color over time, evolving from vibrant magenta to rich purple, depending on the light it receives. The large foliage and its dense form make this prayer plant worth providing the extra humidity it needs to flourish. Calathea Purple Rose 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 Purple Rose the extra dampness they crave. Learn more about how to care for these glorious houseplants!
Calathea plants do best in bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can cause damage to the leaves, so we suggest you prevent placing the plant in direct sunlight or in an area with intense, harsh lighting. In place of this, you can provide filtered or diffused light for the entirety of the day.
When it comes to the indoors, put your plant near a window where it can get the bright, indirect light that it needs to thrive. East or west-facing gates are usually recommended because they provide moderate to bright light and eliminate the intensity of direct sunlight. Be sure to monitor your Calathea Purple Rose plant's response to light conditions and, as usual, make any adjustments that are needed to maintain its health and look.
When it comes to watering prayer plants they need specific water requirements to thrive. Water your plant by using room-temperature water. Continue to water it until the water drains out from the bottom of the pot, ensuring that the extra water does not accumulate in the drainage tray.
As Calathea Purple Rose is sensitive to chemicals usually found in tap water, like chlorine and fluoride, you can avoid potential issues like brown leaf tips by using filtered or distilled water. Keep an eye on your plant; if needed, you can adjust your watering routine.
Your calathea prefers moist, well-drained soil. It is crucial that you give a soil mix that retains moisture but does not become waterlogged and can drain. We suggest a combination of coco coir, perlite, and/or vermiculite. These all can help achieve the right soil texture. Additionally, you can incorporate organic matter, like compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil mix, giving essential nutrients and improving soil fertility.
As tropical plants, Calathea Purple Rose likes warmer temperatures. Average room temperature above 65°F is fine, but these indoor plants won't mind if it gets warmer and the temperature creeps closer to 85°F. Keep in mind; that the warmer the temperatures are, the more water they may need as the heat will dry the soil out quickly. Additionally, provide air circulation to prevent fungus and bacteria from affecting your calathea. Avoid placing Calathea Purple Rose plants near exterior doors, drafty windows, and vents, particularly during the colder months. Make sure to avoid placement near heating vents during the warmer months.
High humidity is a must-have for Calathea Purple Rose. The leaves may begin to curl, or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea Purple Rose 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 Purple Rose the extra dampness they crave. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!
Feed your Calathea Purple Rose with a ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month during the growing season. You can add organic compost, worm castings, or slow-release fertilizer in the spring as well! Keep in mind that most houseplants are sensitive to being over-fertilized, so always dilute any concentrated fertilizer before you apply it! You can fertilize with liquid fertilizer even if you have amended the soil with organic compost. If you applied a time-release chemical fertilizer, we recommend that wait a few months before adding any additional liquid fertilizer. Do not feed during the winter or in the colder months.
Calathea Purple Rose has a moderate to rapid rate of growth. It will reach 20” in height and 24" in width at maturity.
Pet Friend or Foe
Calathea Purple Rose is non-toxic to pets! Friend!
- Calathea Purple Roses are moisture-loving plants, but over-watering is still a concern and can introduce a whole host of problems. Making sure the plants receive lots of bright indirect light can help regulate the dampness while helping the plant thrive.
- Don't be too worried if you notice the leaves beginning to curl or the stems of your Calathea Purple Rose drooping. These are signs of dehydration. It's important to pay attention to these indicators, but these hardy houseplants can bounce back within a day or so after receiving water.
- Calathea Purple Rose can only be propagated through division. These plants naturally propagate themselves by expanding their root system and sending new shoots up through the soil. When a mature plant is re-potted, gently separate the roots to divide the main plant into several smaller plants. Each new plant can be potted in its own container. Given time and proper care, those new plants will fill in.