Calathea Makoyana (Peacock Plant)

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Description


It’s the striking variegation on the leaves of Calathea Makoyana that give it the name ‘Peacock Plant’. This is probably due to the regular leaf patterns looking a little like the scales of some rattlesnake species. Thankfully, this colourful plant is non-toxic and perfectly safe in your home.


With tropical origins, it loves damp, humid conditions. With a little TLC, it’s easy to maintain the eye-catching leaf colouring of this exotic houseplant.


Water / Feed



Aim to keep a Rattlesnake Plant moist without overwatering. A quarter strength, nitrogen-based fertiliser applied should be applied monthly to maintain leaf colour.



Temperature / Humidity



Comfortable room temperatures between 18°C and 23°C (64°F and 73°F) are recommended. Temperatures below 15°C (60°F) may damage this cultivar. Stand pot on a moist pebble tray and mist regularly.



Pet / Child



This Calathea is perfectly safe for children, dogs, cats and other pets.



Soil Type



Repot as required with a good quality potting compost. Many experienced houseplant growers recommend placing broken crocks or similar materials in the pot base for extra drainag




Light / Position



Calathea lancifolia is a tropical plant that grows best in diffused, bright sunlight. Position out of direct sunlight to prevent the glorious leaf colours from fading.



Growth / Spread



Grows quite quickly to a height of around 60cm (2ft). The spread is compact.



Health Benefits



As well as being colourful, Calathea lancifolia leaves are highly effective in converting Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Oxygen.



Geographic Origins



The Rattlesnake Plant is a native of Central and Southern America.