Calathea

Botanical Name: Calathea

 

Common Name: Zebra plant, peacock plant, and rattlesnake plant

 

Mature Size: With proper care, calatheas can grow up to 3 feet tall 

 

Sun Exposure: Thrives in bright indirect light or even shaded areas

 

Soil Type: Since calatheas prefer moist soil, use a potting mix that retains water but drains well, such as a mix of soil, perlite, and peat moss. 

 

Water: Allow the plant to dry between waterings, but continue to keep the soil moist through the growing season and reduce watering frequency in the winter. 

 

Temperature: Avoid extreme cold temperatures, but plant will do well in standard house temperatures, 65-80 degrees F. 

 

Potting/Repotting: Repot in spring when the plant is outgrowing the pot. Typically, this occurs every year or every other year.

 

Fertilizer: In active growing season, feed with a standard house plant fertilizer about once a month.

 

Propagation: From a healthy mother plant, calatheas can be easily propagated by division at repotting time. 

 

Toxicity: Non-toxic!

 

Fact: Calatheas are seen as a “sleeping beauty” as their leaves dance throughout the day and night.