Everything you need to know about the Calathea Medallion house plant
The Calathea Medallion is scientifically and botanically called the Calathea Roseopicta, it's also sometimes referred to as Rose Painted Calathea. It's a house plant favourite because it's easy to care for and has a striking leaf pattern of shades of green and purple.
Considering getting a Calathea Medallion for your home? In this blog, we share the important things you need to know about the Calathea Medallion, including the conditions it does best in. By reading this blog, you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether this is the right house plant for your room.
How does the Calathea Medallion look?
Calathea Medallion is an eye-catching plant because of it's the beautiful green patterned upside of the leaf and the beautiful rich purple underside.
It is a medium-sized plant that will grow to be 50-60cm in height. The plant has a lot of foliage and the leaves are quite large (~30cm), making it a luscious plant to add to an area with a bit of space, e.g. the corner of a room. The rounded leaves are where this member Calathea family gets the name 'Medallion' from.
Another fun thing about this plant is that it raises and lower their leaves from day to night as a part of their circadian rhythm. Calatheas are often called 'prayer plants' because of this unique leaf movements.
Calathea Medallion will bloom during the summer, if it has been in the right conditions, with small white and purple flowers.
Where is the best place for a Calathea Medallion?
Calathea Medallions prefer medium indirect sunlight. Do not put this plant in a spot where it will be exposed to cold drafts or direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the plant.
An average room temperature of 18-24ºC is suitable for Calathea Medallion, and no lower than 15ºC. As with most house plants, avoid drastic drops in temperature, e.g by putting the plant in a place where there is a cold draft.
Because the underside of this plant is so magnificent, you may like to position the plant on a table or something high so both sides of the leaves can be shown off.
How to take care of a Calathea Medallion house plant
This indoor plant likes to be in moist soil all of the time. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. When watering, take care not to let the plant become waterlogged by having it sit in water. If you can use rain or distilled water, this is best.
High humidity is key to keeping a Calathea Medallion happy. To increase humidity levels, place the plants on a humidity tray with pebbles or use a humidifier, particularly in winter when there is less humidity.
Fertilize once per month during spring and summer. Fertilizer is not necessary for winter when growth slows.
Pruning & Cleaning:
To keep your plant healthy and strong, you may trim older or unhappy looking leaves. Don't trim any more than 20% of the leaves at one time. If only a portion of the leaf is brown you may carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears.
You may like to clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth, to remove dust and have the plant looking nice and shiny.
Re-pot during spring once every year or every second year, if the roots have taken all the room with the current pot. Repotting helps to give the plant fresh soil and nutrients.
Is a Calathea Medallion poisonous for pets?
Calatheas are non-poisonous plants and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.
What to look out for with a Calathea Medallion
- Not enough water
- Water quality - this can be caused by tap water. Try using filtered or rainwater instead
- Low humidity - see humidity section under 'How to take care of a Calathea Medallion house plant?'
- Not enough water - see the watering section under ' How to take care of a Calathea Medallion house plant?'
Overwatering - allow the soil to dry out or consider repotting the plant to reduce the risk of root rot.
Calathea Medallion is a beautiful house plant that will be a statement in any room, It likes to be watered regularly to keep the soil moist, and prefers a higher humidity.
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