Common Name: Calathea ‘Rosy’, ‘Rosy’
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Rosy’
The Calathea ‘Rosy’ will grab your attention with its very cool way of changing color overtime! Depending on the light it receives, this plant has the capability of evolving from deep violet to soft blush. The large foliage and its dense for make this houseplant worth providing the extra humidity that it needs to flourish!
Calathea ‘Rosy’ 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.
WaterCalathea ‘Rosy’ plants have high water requirements. Thoroughly water this indoor plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Calathea ‘Rosy’ 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 ‘Rosy’.
Potting soil rich in nutrients and organic matter but still can drain well is the perfect growing medium for your Calathea ‘Rosy’. 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!
TemperatureAs tropical plants, Calathea ‘Rosy’ 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 ‘Rosy’. The leaves may begin to curl, or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea ‘Rosy’ 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 ‘Rosy’ 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 ‘Rosy’ 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.
Calathea ‘Rosy’ 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
Calathea ‘Rosy’ is non-toxic! Friend!
- Calathea ‘Rosy’ should be fertilized with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.
- Wipe the leaves carefully of your Calathea ‘Rosy’ plant with a damp cloth as dust on the plant’s leaves can interfere with the plant being able to photosynthesize.
- This plant is sensitive to cold drafts. Don’t allow it to be exposed to temperatures that are below 60 degrees.
- Get rid of any yellow or damaged leaves frequently. This will help with the plants look and overall health.