Rattlesnake Calathea

Rattlesnake Calathea

    Commonly Known As:
  • Calathea lancifolia,
  • Goeppertia insignis,
  • Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Calatheas, native to the rainforests of Brazil, can be tricky plants to nurture, but given patience and the right care, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive display of foliage. The distinctive decorative markings, which give them their common name, on the elongated leaves offer many variegated patterns in various shades of green. Even the undersides of their leaves are breathtaking with striking purplish-red tones.

  • light

    Filtered light is the best option for the wellbeing of your Calathea. If placed in a window, select one that doesn’t get direct sunlight, or diffuse the sunlight with drapes.

  • water

    Over the summer, when it experiences the most growth, your Calathea will need to be watered frequently to keep its soil moist. Yellow leaves on your Rattlesnake plant might signify its being overwatered, while under watering could result in leaves that curl unattractively. Frequent small waterings are preferable to deep irrigation; when watering, water your Calathea until water slightly trickles from the drainage holes. Do not allow your Calathea to sit in excess water.

  • temperature

    Ideal temperatures for your Calathea are 60⁰F -75⁰F. As a tropical plant, the Calathea favors humid environments. You can emulate the humidity it prefers with a humidifier or by placing your Calathea’s pot on a tray with pebbles, so excess water drains and remains below the plant’s soil, providing the moist and humid conditions it thrives on. For a quick humidity fix you can also mist the Calathea regularly or even move it into your bathroom when you’re showering.

  • fertilizer

    Feed your Calathea a balanced liquid fertilizer every month during the summer and spring growing seasons to encourage impressive and healthy foliage development.

    Plant Facts
  • Other: Pet-friendly, air-purifying

  • Rattlesnake Calatheas are a native to the rainforests of Brazil.

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Your Calathea’s stems and leaves will let you know if there’s a problem: fading leaf colors or patterns, limp or rotting stems, or browning leaf edges all signal to the plant parent that something in the Calathea’s routine needs to be adjusted.

  • Rattlesnake Calatheas are easy to propagate through division once they’ve been well established.

  • Rattlesnake plants are sometimes confused for prayer plants (Marantas) because their leaves tend to point upwards at night and drop back down during daylight, in what is described as a “prayer” motion.

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