Calathea Care

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Placement


The braided patterned leaves and elongated shape are the traits that earn this plant it’s namesake. Place your Rattlesnake plant where it will receive bright ambient light, and watch it’s leaves move up and down with the sun!

Avoid direct sunlight as this will scorch the leaves. If you are unsure about lighting conditions, placing your plant a few feet away from a window where it will not receive direct sun, is the safest bet. We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.

PRO TIP: Calathea have very expressive foliage, and will make it obvious when they’re thirsty by curling up their leaves into little rolls. Don’t worry–it’s just letting you know it needs a drink. Calathea bounce back very quickly from underwatering.

The leaves of a calathea change their spread and angle throughout the day depending on the orientation of the sun. Don’t be startled if you catch it moving out of the corner of your eye.

Routine Maintenance


It’s important that you water your Calathea when you first receive it. If your planter has a drainage hole and saucer, then water until it starts to come out the bottom of the pot. If the planter is sealed, then there are drainage rocks sitting underneath the soil to hold excess water. You want to water the plant enough to saturate the soil, but not so much that water is building up in the bottom of the pot. 1 measuring cup is a good place to start!

Keep the soil lightly moist at all times, watering once to twice per week will usually suffice. Always be sure to feel the soil before giving your plant a drink, if the top ½” of the soil is dry then your plant is ready to be watered. If you let the soil dry out too much, you may see browning or yellowing on the leaves, but don’t fear, these plants are hardy and can bounce back after a good drink!

For general upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Calathea and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.

PRO TIP: Calathea do not have much vertical growth, but will become very full if properly cared for.

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