Calathea lancifolia or the rattlesnake Calathea is a narrow-leaf plant with spots resembling a rattlesnake tail. Although many Calatheas are finicky about humidity, this species is resilient making it a great beginner plant.
Note: We do our best to package plants so they arrive healthy and happy. Some leaf crisping may occur due to shipping stress. Please contact within 7 days if plant arrives in poor health or doesn't show signs of recovery.
Registered name: Calathea lancifolia
Parent lineage: Goeppertia insignis (Calathea insignis)
Type: Warm, Tropical
Pot Size: 4in
Plant height: 1.5 feet, grows outward
Bloom info: Small white blooms stemming from the base of the plant
Potting mix: Well-draining soil and perlite mix. Prefers a somewhat water-retentive mix of mostly soil and organic matter. Repot in Spring every 1-2 years.
Light: Bright indirect light. Shielded South or West facing preferred.
Water: Water when 1-2 inches of soil is dry. Keep consistently moist in lower humidity during the warm months.
Temp: Warm (60F min night, 85F max day). Will not tolerate temps lower than 55F.
Humidity: >60%, prefers consistent high humidity when good air flow is provided. Lower humidity may result in crispy leaf edges.
Fertilizing: Slow release fertilizer (Osmocote recommended) applied at the beginning of Spring. Alternatively, 1/2 strength soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer applied semi-frequently (every 3-4 weeks) Spring-Fall. Decrease in Winter.