Calathea ‘Illustris’

(8 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Illustris’

Common Names: Illustris Calathea, Rose Painted Prayer Plant

Overview: The Calathea illustris is another cultivar of the roseopicta variety that has become extremely popular among plant collectors. The tops of the ornately patterned foliage features pink and neon green accents to make it a true masterpiece.

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Caring for your Prayer Plant

Taking good care of any plant is essential to ensure it grows appropriately and blooms. You need to take care of several things, such as the amount of water you need to give the plant, the best way to propagate it, and the kind of fertilizer you need to use. Here is a complete care guide you can use.


This plant enjoys medium and bright indirect light. They should not be placed in direct sunlight as that can damage the plant significantly. You can set the plant in a room with a window and get reasonable amounts of indirect light. Ideally, these plants grow under large trees in their natural habitat. Therefore, they need indirect but good amounts of light. If your plants do not get enough sunlight, they will produce smaller leaves and stunted growth.


Calatheas enjoys a well-draining soil that can be a mixture of potting soil, peat, and perlite. You can mix lighter soils such as coir or pumas. Experts recommend avoiding the usage of heavy soils as they are not well draining.


It is vital to give your Prayer plant a balanced amount of water. The plant is susceptible to water. They do not deal well with too little water or too much water. If you do not give the plant enough water, its leaves will dry out, and if you overwater it, the roots will start to rot, which can cause the plant to die.

The soil of the Calathea needs to be moist at all times. You can check the moisture in the ground with your finger. Your plant likes a humid environment, so you can try to keep humidity levels high using a mist, and the plant will thrive.


The Calathea requires regular fertilizer during its growth stages. You can give it fertilizer every two or three weeks when the growth is in full swing. The best fertilizer match is chemical or organic fertilizer. It is best to avoid any fertilizer during the winter as that can be shocking for the plants in their dormancy. 

Common Issues

If you do not take good care of your prayerplant, it may face many issues such as pest infestation and other diseases. Let’s look at all the common problems you must be aware of.


Spider mites are the most common pests to infest the Prayer plant. Other than that, they may also attract aphids and or scale insects. If these pests infect your plant, you might see yellow leaves and other visible spots on the surface of the leaves.

To control the pest infestation, you can use insecticidal soap.


Root rot is the most common disease in calatheas. If you overwater it and do not choose well-draining soil, then that can cause your plant’s roots to rot. To avoid root rot, you should only water your plant when scorched. You can check for dryness using your finger.

Other than that, bacterial growth in your plant may suffer from Pseudomonas Leaf spot. This can cause a reddish-brown spot on the leaves and distort them. To treat this problem, it is best to cut off the damaged leaves so that the bacterium does not spread.


This plant does not require you to prune it very frequently. All you need to do is to keep an eye out for all the damaged and wilted leaves. Removing them from the plant will help improve your plant’s growth, as only the healthy parts of the plant will get the nutrients.


You can propagate the Prayer plant when it grows big. You can multiply it by root division. You can do it during the springtime as that’s when the plant is waking up and is in its active growth period. Be sure to separate it naturally.

Potting / Repotting

You can re-pot the plant during the spring and fall. It is best to re-pot the plant every two years or if you think the pot is full of roots. Choose a slightly bigger pot for the re-potting.

8 reviews for Calathea ‘Illustris’

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

  2. Jami W. (verified owner)

    Beautiful, exactly as pictured!!!

  3. maria H. (verified owner)

    Came by FedEx in just a few days. the wrapping was the best Ive seen. roomy box with paper wrapping as well peanuts and a bamboo stick in the center to keep the packaging from touching the plant. Not sure if this is a mature calathea but it sure looks like it. Huge beautiful leaves. Photo does not do it justice. Not a single damage or curled leaf. Even one week later its perfect. Will certainly purchase again if other calathea varieties come available. highly recommend this nursery.

  4. Sara L Johnson (verified owner)

    This guy got a little beat up in shipping. Several stems and leaves broken, leaves wilty. Seems to be pepping up a bit. Shipping box was not handled apparently. I love the plant.

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  7. James (verified owner)

    Arrived in great condition, love this one!

  8. Rina Najman (verified owner)

    I haven’t one thing to complain about. All the plants are healthy, packaging was great, roots were healthy, plant was… happy.

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Why others chose the Calathea ‘Illustris’

Good price

Beautiful color, durable plant


I wanted a pet friendly plant for the lowest level of a tiered plant stand. Plus I love the pink highlights!

I love the pattern