Calathea Roseopicta, the Rose Painted Calathea is a tropical beauty that regulates the humidity of the environment and purifies air by removing toxins.

Calathea Roseopicta is happy to receive a lot of indirect light. Water 2 to 3 times a week. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not watery. Calathea Roseopicta likes to be potted in well-draining potting soil. Like many tropical indoor plants, your Rose Painted Calathea prefers humidity with average room temperature, from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. To maintain the attractiveness and smoothness of its beautiful leaves, we recommend placing liquid fertilizer on its soil during the growing season.

What is a Calathea Roseopicta

Calathea Roseopicta Care

Calathea Roseopicta belongs to the Marantaceae family. It is native to the tropical areas of Brazil, where it grows and develops in places with a high level of humidity. It is perfect for lovers of exotic plants, with large and showy leaves. One of its main hallmarks is its large and showy leaves, with vivid colors contrasted in tones ranging from cream to deep green.

OriginTropical areas of Brazil
Botanical NameCalathea Roseopicta
Common NameRose Painted Calathea
Mature Size6 in.–3 ft. tall, 6 in.–2 ft. wide
Air PurifyingYes
LightGrows well in bright indirect light
WaterWater when top 2-3 inches of soil becomes dry
TemperatureAverage to warm probably about 65-80°F
HumidityHigh humidity (Above 40%)
SoilWell-draining, all-purpose houseplant potting mix
Where to growBright indoors, shaded outdoors
Maintenance LevelLow maintenance

Where to place Calathea Roseopicta

Place your Calathea Roseopicta in a part of a room that receives low to bright indirect light but avoid direct sun. North, west or east-facing rooms are suitable. We recommend placing it in your bedroom to sleep better. This plant acts as a natural humidifier, which has relaxing effects.

What are the benefits of Calathea Roseopicta?

Calathea Roseopicta

People who suffer from dryness in the respiratory tract, nose and oral cavity will find a great ally in this plant. Its hydro-regulating power makes it a very useful natural humidifier in dry and hot environments.
Calathea Roseopicta is also a natural purifier, as it captures dissolved toxins in the environment.

How much light does a Calathea Roseopicta need?

Like many tropical plants, Calathea Roseopicta prefers bright light without direct sunlight. Never allow this beautiful plant to receive direct sunlight, the leaves will burn and become dull

How to water Calathea Roseopicta?

Water your Calathea Roseopicta when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water until the liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard accumulated water in the saucer. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not watery. Always check the soil before watering.

Overwatering your Calathea Roseopicta may lead to root rot and yellow leaves. On the other hand lack of water may cause dry leaves, brown tips, leaf drop, wilting, and leaf curling.

Use room temperature water during watering. If your tap water is too cold the let it sit for about 2-6 hours then water.

High Humidity

Rose Painted Calathea

Like many tropical plants, Calathea Roseopicta loves humidity, above 50% but not less than 40%. You can mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, use a pebble tray, or place a humidifier nearby to increase humidity. Your kitchen or bathrooms are the perfect places for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

Warm Temperature

Your Calathea Roseopicta prefers average room temperature, from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and no lower than 60ºF (15ºC). They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter season, so keep them away from windows and heaters.

Potting Soil for Calathea Roseopicta

Prefers well-draining, but moisture-retentive soil. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture will be fine. And also place the pot on a saucer, raising it with stones to avoid direct contact with the water.

Fertilizing Calathea Roseopicta

To maintain the attractiveness and smoothness of its beautiful leaves, we recommend using a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every month during summer and spring. This way we will help it to grow with more vitality and we will be able to enjoy the birth of new leaves.

No fertilizer is necessary for the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

How to propagate Calathea Roseopicta?

The best way to propagate a Calathea Roseopicta is by division at repotting time in the spring. You can gently divide the plant when you remove the plant to repot it. You will find its own natural separations in the roots.

Can you propagate Calathea in water? Many indoor plants are easily rooted in water. But sadly not Calathea.

When to Repot Calathea Roseopicta?

Repot during spring once every two years, only in a slightly larger pot if the roots have taken all the room with your current pot. Avoid repotting your plants during winter.


Spring is the best time of year to do major pruning. You can prune dead or damaged foliage just above the soil so that your plant looks fresh. You can wipe the dust from your Calathea leaves once every week or every two weeks with a soft, damp cloth. This task keeps the leaves attractive and shiny.

Is Calathea Roseopicta toxic?

Congratulations! This plant is non-toxic to cats, dogs, horses and humans. But do remember that ingestion of any plant can cause tummy aches in your lovely pet.

Common Pests

The thick leaves of your Calathea Roseopicta may entice pests. Watch for the usual suspects, including mealybugs, aphids and spider mites. Treat the infected area quickly with gentle insecticidal soap, neem oil, or simply wash the insects off the leaves with a soft cloth dipped in soapy water.

Common Problems

Why are the leaves on my Calathea turning brown?

Most likely cause here is dry soil and lack of humidity. The solution is to increase humidity levels and try to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Why are the leaves on my Calathea curling?

Most likely you have been under-watering your plant. Also lack of humidity and cold temperature may lead to leaves curling.

Why are my Calathea leaves drooping?

Drooping leaves or wilting is typically a result of the plant being thirsty. Rotting stems or limp or drooping leaves could be caused by overwatering, although more likely by exposure to drafts or cold temperatures.


Is Calathea Roseopicta easy to care for?

Like other tropical plants, Calathea Roseopicta plants are popular as indoor plants because they are relatively easy to care for.

Should I mist my Calathea Roseopicta?

As Calathea are tropical plants and like humid environments, they can dry out and develop crispy leaves if there is not sufficient moisture presents in the air. A great way to combat this is by misting your lovely calathea. But take care not to mist them directly on the top of their leaves

Does the Calathea Roseopicta flower?

Calathea roseopicta may bloom during the summer with small white and purple flowers, The flowers are non-showy, but still nice to see.

Calathea Roseopicta Care Guide

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