Calathea Rattlesnake, Calathea lancifolia
The Calathea Rattlesnake has long wavy green leaves with a pattern of deep green brushstrokes on top, resembling reptile skin, and a deep purple underside.
Calathea lancifolia is a perfect houseplant for pattern lovers with its bright green, wavy leaves that are striped with alternating ovals of dark green and accented by a rich purple underside. The plant gets its name from its lance-shaped foliage, and the leaves grow more elongated as the plant matures.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Does better in higher humidity if possible. Consider incorporating a fine-mist mister or humidifier to boost humidity level indoors.
Most houseplants prefer temps in the 65°F-85°F range (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).
Use a well-draining potting mix.
The Calathea is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of a natural pesticide like neem oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.
SYMPTOM: Wilting, curling leaves, dry potting mix
SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, black base
SYMPTOM: Leaf spots
CAUSE: Fungal infection or mineral build-up from tap water. Use distilled water and water directly into surrounding potting soil.
This plant is pet-friendly! But the best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and curious pets.