Calathea Rattle Snake

Long leaves with wavy edges and beautiful patterns, along with a velvety, deep purple underside, make the Calathea Rattle Snake a wonderfully decorative houseplant. It requires specific conditions in order to maintain its vibrancy, making it important to understand exactly how to look after it.
 
Here’s what you need to know to care for your Calathea Rattle Snake.
 

Light:

The Calathea Rattle Snake enjoys plenty of bright light, but this needs to be indirect. Intense sunlight in the afternoon can scorch foliage, so your plant will need to be protected from this. However, too much shade will dull the vibrancy of your plant’s leaves, making it important to find the perfect balance.
 

Temperature:

A temperature range of between 65-75°F is ideal for your Calathea Rattle Snake. The plant doesn’t cope well with sudden temperature changes or cold drafts.
 

Water:

Your Calathea Rattle Snake needs its soil to be consistently moist, but its roots should never be constantly sat in water. Water sparingly but frequently - too much water will cause the leaves to wilt, and these will take a long time to recover.
 

Humidity:

Since the Calathea Rattle Snake is a tropical plant, it needs plenty of humidity. Misting its leaves once a week can help to provide this. You may need to mist more frequently in the winter, when the air is naturally drier.
 
Fertilizer:
 
Your Calathea Rattle Snake will benefit from a monthly feed in the spring and summer. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer, ensuring that the soil is always damp before feeding.
 
Toxicity:
 
Although it shouldn’t be consumed, the Calathea Rattle Snake is non-toxic if accidentally ingested by humans or pets.
 
Extra Care Tips:
 
• If you’ve noticed brown or curled leaf tips on your Calathea Rattle Snake, this could be because you’re watering it with tap water. The salt, chlorine, and other minerals in tap water can have this effect, so use distilled or rain water instead.
• To keep your Calathea Rattle Snake healthy, remove spent leaves and flowers as
necessary.
• Burnt-looking leaf edges on your Calathea Rattle Snake could point to irregular watering, over-fertilization, or too much sunlight.
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