Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea lancifolia) is a striking houseplant of the Calathea family. This houseplant is definitely on my wish list, since my Zoom background is lacking some interesting textures and colours.
It loves being pampered, and will grow up to about 60 cms when happy.
Rattlesnake Plant Light Needs
As most plants, the Rattlesnake Plant bright but indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can damage the leaves and make your houseplant generally really unhappy.
Direct sunlight can lead to your Rattlesnake plant to lose its exotic looking markings on its leaves.
Also important to note that the Rattlesnake plant does not like to be cold. Make sure to keep temperatures above 17 celsius degrees at all times. Rattlesnake plant can't handle 15 celsius degrees or lower.
Rattlesnake Plant Watering
The growing season for this plant is between May and August in the Northern hemisphere. During this time, Rattlesnake Plants like to be kept moist, but. not water-logged. During the growing season, water your plant more frequently and keep the soil damp. Reduce watering during the Winter and only water when the top inch of the soil is dry.
The Rattlesnake plant is a tropical plant which prefers high humidity in the air. If the Rattlesnake Plant's leaves start to go brown or crisp up, it means there is not enough humidity in the air. Mist the plant daily or place it on a pebble tray which you can fill up with water.
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Rattlesnake Plant feeding
Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
Rattlesnake Plant Propagation
The easiest method to propagate rattlesnake plant is by division. If possible, divide when repotting the plant.
Place the divisions in individual pots, in a shaded area and cover with plastic bags. After you start to see new growth, remove the plastic bag and care for your plant as usual.
Rattlesnake Plant Toxcity
The Rattlesnake plant is non-toxic and safe to keep in a household with pets.