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Rattlesnake Calathea at a Glance
Water once a month with
8"-10" tall (including pot)
Can reach up to 1.5 feet indoors
May bloom in spring
Put it on a dining sideboard for elegant room flair
Rattlesnake Calathea Bio
Native to the Amazonian jungles of South America, Rattlesnake Calathea wears an eccentric reptilian pattern on its leaves, with a plum underside and lush green brushstrokes on top. It belongs to the Marantaceae family, known as ‘Prayer Plants’, which much like humans and unlike most plants, have a wake-and-sleep cycle according to a circadian rhythm. This means its leaves move upwards during the night and downwards throughout the day in search of the sun.
Rattlesnake Calathea grows best in a space with bright indirect light, where the sun rays are diffused, and can also adapt to spaces with bright direct light, where the sunlight streams inside directly. Avoid placing it in spaces with low light or spaces without natural sunlight to keep its characteristic vibrant colors intact.
How does self-watering work?
- 1Simply open the lid and fill with water
- 2The plant drinks only when needed
- 3The result - healthy, long-lived plants that are easy to maintain
- Carefree and convenient
- Never worry about when to water
- Much healthier plants that live longer
- We use proven Waterwick TM technology to optimize water consumption
|Over compacted dry soil
|Easily know when to water
|Stable root growth
Rattlesnake Calathea Care
On your Rattlesnake Calathea’s first few days at home, avoid moving the pot around once you choose its placement and allow it to adjust to a stable environment. To help it grow optimally and evenly, occasionally dust the leaves and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn once a month. You may prune old leaves to assist the new growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Rattlesnake Calathea poisonous?
Rattlesnake Calathea is non-toxic and safe for humans and animals alike. If the plant is ingested in large quantities, it may lead to an upset stomach or very mild irritation, but it will not cause any serious complications. It is important to keep the plant out of reach of children and pets, just in case.
Where do you place a Calathea rattlesnake?
Rattlesnake calatheas should be placed in a location away from direct sunlight, preferably one that gets indirect light. You'll want to avoid very cold temperatures and hot drafts, as the plant can easily become distressed in such conditions. East-facing windows are ideal for this plant; if you keep it indoors, rotate the pot monthly to allow even growing.