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Calathea Rattlesnake Care

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Calathea Rattlesnake Care

The calathea rattlesnake plant is a beautiful houseplant with a striking decorative pattern on its wavy green leaves.calathea rattlesnake plant This plant is also known as the nepenthe or prayer plant due to its ability to raise and lower its leaves from day to night, mimicking the movements of a reptile’s skin. While calathea plants can be tricky to grow, with proper care, they are a great addition to any indoor garden.

The key to success with this showy fern is bright, indirect light, warm temperatures and high humidity levels.calathea rattlesnake plant In order to achieve this, you’ll need to keep the potting soil evenly moist and avoid midday direct sunlight (which can burn its leaves). It’s also important to monitor temperature and humidity levels, as sudden changes can shock the plant.

Like all calatheas, calathea rattlesnake needs a well-draining soil mix and nutrient rich feed.calathea rattlesnake plant Choose a container with drainage holes and fill it with a loose mixture of two parts peat moss and one part perlite. This will allow excess water to drain away, preventing soggy soil and root rot.

To repot your rattlesnake plant, gently ease it out of its old pot with your fingers or a small tool. Once it’s out, gently separate the shoots and place each division in its own pot. Make sure each new pot is a few inches larger than the previous one to allow for adequate root growth. Pot the snake plant in a loose, well-draining potting soil, such as a mixture of 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite.

After repotting, your rattlesnake plant may want a little extra indirect sunlight for a few weeks while its roots adjust. It may also need to be fed a little more often during this time.

Once it has settled, your calathea rattlesnake will need to be fed every four weeks during its growing season with a diluted solution of a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. This is the best way to promote healthy plant growth while avoiding nutrient deficiencies that can occur when feeding the plant more frequently than its needs.

Rattlesnake plants require consistent soil moisture but can be tolerant of occasional dry periods. Some owners prefer to water the plant thoroughly once a week, while others like to lightly mist the soil a few times a week in order to maintain an even level of moisture throughout the plants’ root system. Whatever your preferred watering method, be sure to check the soil surface before watering and avoid overwatering as this can lead to browning leaf tips and leaf curl. A good rule of thumb is to water the plant when the top inch of soil dries out.

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