This tropical Rattlesnake Calathea boasts unique ornamental leaves, native to the Brazilian rainforests that are sure to bring your home to life.
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
- This stunning tropical plant gets its name from its beautiful ornamental leaves that boast unique bold green markings and deep purple undersides.
- Thrives in humid environments - try keeping it in your bathroom!
- Non-toxic and safe around pets.
- Growing pot size: 10cm
- Including the growing pot, the Rattlesnake Calathea can grow up to 76cm tall!
Key Benefits: Pure and Pet Friendly!
Rattlesnake Calatheas are natural air purifiers and promote a healthy indoor climate by removing toxins from the air. Unlike many indoor plants, this plant is also non-toxic and safe for pets.
Rattlesnake Calathea - Prayer Plant
The Rattlesnake Calathea is sometimes referred to as a “prayer plant”. This is because its leaves are said to follow the sun’s movement throughout the day and are also known to close up at night, resembling a pair of praying hands!
Where does it come from?
The Rattlesnake Calathea is native to the rainforests of Brazil.
Plant Care Tips: Rattlesnake Calathea
- The Rattlesnake Calathea enjoys bright indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight and this can cause the leaves to fade.
- Try keeping it in humid environments and misting it regularly.
- Water every 1-2 weeks and ensure that the soil is consistently moist.
- Avoid draughts and provide suitable ventilation.
- Keep this plant at temperatures of 18-23°C.
- Fertilise once a month during the growing season (late spring to early August).
- Use a damp cloth to clean dust and dirt from your Rattlesnake’s leaves. Do not use leaf shine as this will damage your plant.
- When it’s time to repot your plant, you can propagate it by dividing it into two.
Pets: Safe around pets.
Rattlesnake Calathea - Common Issues and Questions
Why are the leaves on my Rattlesnake Calathea curling?
If your Rattlesnake Calathea’s leaves begin to curl and wilt, it may be a sign that you are underwatering your plant. Be sure to water your plant every 1-2 weeks and ensure that the soil is consistently moist.
My Rattlesnake Calathea has yellow leaves. What am I doing wrong?
It is completely normal for older leaves to yellow and drop off over time. However, yellowing leaves can also be a sign of overwatering. You should only be watering your Rattlesnake plant every 1-2 weeks.
What does my Rattlesnake plant have brown leaves and spots?
Brown spots can be a sign that your Rattlesnake Calathea has a fungal infection. This can be treated by removing the infected area and treating your plant with a fungicide. Brown leaves may indicate a mineral build-up from watering with tap water. You can combat this problem by watering your Rattlesnake with distilled water instead.
The Rattlesnake Calathea does not tend to attract many pests. However, it can be susceptible to spider mites. This can be treated by spraying your plant with pesticide weekly.