Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake Plant'
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Calathea lancifolia, commonly known as the "Rattlesnake Plant," is a captivating tropical houseplant celebrated for its distinctive lance-shaped leaves adorned with intricate patterns. These patterns resemble the skin of a rattlesnake, hence its common name. Calathea lancifolia is prized not only for its visual appeal but also for its ability to thrive in indoor environments with moderate care. With its striking foliage and moderate care requirements, it is a preferred choice among enthusiasts seeking an eye-catching addition to their indoor botanical collection.
Type: Plastic Nursery Pot
Size: Medium :: 4 Inch Diameter
Size: Large :: 6 Inch Diameter
Light: Provide your Calathea lancifolia with bright, indirect light. Protect it from direct sunlight, as intense sun can damage the leaves. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight or use sheer curtains to diffuse the light.
Temperature: Maintain a warm and consistent environment with temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid exposure to drafts or temperatures below 60°F (15°C).
Humidity: Calathea lancifolia requires high humidity to thrive. Increase humidity levels by misting the plant regularly, using a humidity tray, or employing a humidifier. Grouping plants together can also create a more humid microclimate.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Rattlesnake Plant when the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil feels dry. Use lukewarm, non-chlorinated water and ensure the pot has adequate drainage to prevent root rot. Adjust the watering frequency based on the plant's needs and the surrounding humidity.
Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure good aeration and moisture retention. Adding perlite or orchid bark can improve soil drainage.
Fertilization: Feed your Calathea lancifolia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to salt buildup in the soil.
Pruning: Trim or remove any yellowing or damaged leaves as they appear to maintain the plant's appearance and redirect energy to healthy growth.
Repotting: Repot your Rattlesnake Plant when it becomes root-bound or outgrows its container. Spring is usually the best time for repotting. Choose a slightly larger pot to allow room for growth.
Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestations, treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.