Calathea Roseopicta Dottie is an evergreen perennial, indoor house plant that grows to 6 to 12 inches tall and spread as wide. The leaves are glossy, with an entire and wavy margin. The leaf surfaces are colored very dark black-green and its midrib beautifully marked with a distinctive bright pink that also encircles the leaf about 1-2 cm from the margin. These beautiful markings remain vivid pink even as the plant matures. Recently emerged leaves are slightly lighter in color. Leaves underside is purple. The Calathea Dottie occasionally produce purple and white blooms.
Scientific Name: Calathea Roseopicta Dottie
Common Name: Calathea Dottie, Rose Painted Calathea Dottie, Rose-painted Prayer Plant Dottie.
How to grow and maintain Calathea Roseopicta Dottie:
It flourishes best in bright indirect sunlight or filtered sunlight to partial shade. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight, because too much of direct sunlight burns the leaves of a Plant and causes the wonderful leaf hues to fade. Keep your plant in front of East, west or north facing window is suitable.
It grows well in moist, well-drained, fertile organic soil with a mix of sand.
It thrives well in average room temperatures between 65ºF – 75ºF / 18ºC – 24ºC and no lower than 60ºF / 15ºC. Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Water regularly, during the growing season. Keep soil constantly moist but never water-logged. Overwatering can cause root rot and kill the plant. During the winter season, reduce watering and only water the plant when the top inch soil to dry out between watering.
Fertilize once a month during the growing season (spring, summer, and fall) with a general liquid houseplant fertilizer at reduced strength.
It can be easily propagated by division. Carefully separate the plants, ensuring that every division has a few plants and roots intact. Pot every division individually, the site at a shady spot and mist regularly during the early stages to ensure achievement.
Re-pot during spring season once every 2 years, just in a somewhat bigger pot if the roots have consumed all the space with the present pot.
Pests and Diseases:
It is very susceptible to Spider mites, scale, Mealy Bugs, and Aphids. Likewise, watch for fluoride toxicity and fungal and bacterial leaf spots.