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Color Full® Insignis Rattlesnake Plant Calathea lancifolia

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    12 - 30 Inches
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    30cm - 76cm
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    Features

    Commonly known as Rattlesnake plant, Calathea lancifolia is a prayer plant, the common name for plants that tend to fold their foliage as night falls. Prayer plants include plants in the following genera:  Calathea, Maranta, Stromanthe, and Ctenanthe.  Calathea are grown for their beautifully ornamental leaves. The long slender leaves have wavy edges, and have a lime green base with deep green oval markings on the top surface, with burgundy undersides. Calathea lancifolia has been reclassified as Goeppertia insignis.  

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 
    Pets

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Houseplant
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Height: 
    12 - 30 Inches 30cm - 76cm
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Lime green with dark green spots on the upper surface, burgundy-purple undersides
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Low
    Light Requirement: 
    Medium

    Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.

    Maintenance Category: 
    Time Intensive
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Consistent
    Humidity Preference: 
    Medium
    Humidity Preference: 
    High
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Bright Spaces
    Uses: 
    Desktops
    Uses: 
    Humid Spaces
    Uses: 
    Low Light Spaces
    Uses: 
    North Facing Windows
    Uses Notes: 

    Not for human or animal consumption.

    Maintenance Notes: 
    • For optimal performance, keep your Calathea at 60-85°F (15-29°C). 
    • Calatheas perform best in medium to bright levels of indirect light. Avoid placing them next to a window that gets direct sunlight, unless it is early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Direct midday sun can cause leaf scorch. Bright shade or filtered light is just enough for Calatheas.
    • Calatheas appreciate moderate to high levels of humidity. To keep humidity at around 40%, you may need to position your Calathea near a humidifier or on a pebble tray. 
    • Calatheas should not be watered with tap water, or excessively hard or treated water. Distilled water or filtered water are better options. These plants are sensitive to impurities and salts in tap water, which can cause leaf edges to burn or leaf spots to form. 
    • Calatheas prefer to have moist, but not soggy soil. As such, water when the top inch or so of soil is dry.  If the soil gets too dry, your Calathea may wilt or develop leaf curl–both of which are good indicators to water your plant. If it is very dry, you may need to soak your pot in water until the soil is thoroughly rehydrated. This can take up to half an hour. Once the soil is moist, allow your pot to drain thoroughly, as your Calathea shouldn’t sit in standing water for extended periods of time. 
    • Feed your Calathea once per month at half strength when it is actively growing. Reduce frequency of fertilization in the winter months. If no new leaves are growing, it does not need to be fertilized.
    • Protect furniture when watering & fertilizing.
    • When repotting your Calathea, use a chunky all-purpose potting mix, with additional orchid bark and perlite added, to ensure it has good drainage and plenty of nutrients.
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    • Beautiful plant. Have had for about 6 months. People have commented about its uniqueness. Is exciting to see the leaves change position. Will amends soil with orchid bark, as suggested, for better drainage.

      Diana Manville
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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