Additional Plant Care
Calathea Rattlesnake plants can be propagated through division. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently separate the root ball into smaller sections, be sure to maintain the stem and roots for each section. Make sure each section has at least two to three leaves. Repot each section into its own pot with fresh soil and water thoroughly. Keep the new plants in a warm and humid environment until they become established. Avoid direct sunlight and keep the soil moist but not overwatered or consistently soggy.
Calathea Rattlesnake, also known as Calathea Lancifolia, is non-toxic to humans and animals. Therefore, it is safe to keep around pets and children without any problems. However, it is important to remember that ingestion of any plant material can cause an upset stomach including vomiting, in both humans and animals. In case of accidental ingestion, it is always recommended to contact a medical professional or veterinarian immediately.
Calathea rattlesnake plants prefer to be tight in their pots, so it's best to repot them every two to three years. When repotting, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as a pot that is too large can hold too much moisture and cause the roots to rot. Before repotting, water the plant thoroughly to help reduce stress and make it easier to remove the plant from its current pot. Gently loosen the roots and remove any dead or rotting roots. Fill the new pot with a well-draining soil mix, such as a mix of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Place the plant in the center of the pot and fill the remaining space with soil mix. Water the plant thoroughly and place it in a location with bright, indirect light.
Calathea Rattlesnake plants are known for their intricate patterns and attractive foliage. Pruning this plant is important to keep it healthy and stimulate growth. Begin by examining the plant and identifying any damaged, dead, or yellowing leaves. Using a sharp, clean pair of pruning shears, cut the damaged or yellowing leaves at their base. Try to cut at an angle and avoid cutting too close to the stem. Additionally, if the plant becomes too tall or leggy, you can trim back the stems to promote denser growth. Cut back the stem to the desired length and remove any leaves that are attached to the portion of the stem that has been removed. It is important to avoid pruning more than one-third of the plant at a time, as this can cause undue stress to the plant.
Calathea Rattlesnake plant should be fertilized with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). The amount you need to dilute your fertilizer will be determined in the fertilizer's instructions. Watering before fertilizing can help to prevent fertilizer burn, but you should never fertilize a dry plant. During the fall and winter, when the plant is not actively growing, reduce the frequency of fertilization to once every 8 to 12 weeks or stop fertilizing altogether till the next growing season.
Calathea Rattlesnake plants prefer a well-draining and fertile soil mix. A good soil mix for this plant would consist of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite to improve drainage and aeration while holding onto moisture. Slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5 is best. It is also recommended to add organic matter, such as compost or aged manure, to the soil to provide nutrients and improve soil structure. Additionally, adding a layer of mulch on top of the soil can help maintain moisture levels and provide nutrients as it decomposes.