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Calathea Roseopicta Dottie 4"

Calathea Roseopicta Dottie 4"

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Calathea 'Dottie' prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause the vibrant colors to fade.
  • Placement: Place your plant near an east or north-facing window. If placed in a south or west-facing window, ensure it receives filtered light through a sheer curtain.


  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Use distilled or rainwater if possible, as Calatheas are sensitive to the chemicals in tap water.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Calathea 'Dottie' thrives in high humidity, ideally around 60-80%. Increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant regularly.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 60°F (15°C) and protect it from drafts or sudden temperature changes.

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix of peat, perlite, and a bit of compost works well for Calathea 'Dottie'.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Calathea every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly remove any dead or damaged leaves to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s appearance. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Calathea 'Dottie'.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Calathea 'Dottie' can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, poor water quality, or low humidity. Ensure proper watering practices, use filtered or distilled water, and increase humidity if needed.
  • Brown Leaf Edges: Often caused by low humidity or inconsistent watering. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.
  • Curling Leaves: Can be a sign of underwatering, low humidity, or temperature stress. Check the soil moisture, increase humidity, and ensure the plant is kept in a stable environment.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Calathea 'Dottie' home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Observation: Pay attention to the plant’s overall health and make adjustments as needed. Healthy Calathea 'Dottie' plants will have vibrant, sturdy leaves and show steady growth

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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