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The Secret to Keeping Your Calathea Rattlesnake Houseplant Healthy

Hand holding a pot of Calathea Rattlesnake

Have you ever been spellbound by the beauty of a Calathea Rattlesnake Houseplant? If so, you're not the only one. The stripes of green and dark green on this plant are absolutely one of a kind. However, your Calathea Rattlesnake need certain care if you want it to remain healthy. With our comprehensive guide on care for your Calathea Rattlesnake Houseplant, let's examine the best ways to keep your plant flourishing.

Light & Humidity Requirements

This particular variety of Calathea indoor plant enjoys high humidity levels (about 70%) and indirect sunlight. Place your plant close to an east or west-facing window so it can receive bright, indirect light all day long to make sure it receives adequate light. If you can't prevent direct sunlight, move the plant away from the window before the sun's rays get too strong. And keep in mind that more humidity is always better, therefore it would be fantastic if you could add more humidity using a humidifier or pebble tray.

Watering & Soil Requirements

Your Calathea Rattlesnake Houseplant needs to be watered when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Keep in mind that excessive watering might cause root rot and other problems. Use a potting mix made exclusively for indoor plants that has good drainage when it comes to soil. In order to provide more drainage, you could also wish to add some perlite or vermiculite.

Fertilizing & Pruning

During the growing season (spring through fall), fertilize your Calathea Rattlesnake once every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half to keep it happy and healthy. When it comes to trimming, you should take out any yellow or brown leaves as soon as they appear to stop them from infecting the remainder of the plant with disease or pests. Additionally, feel free to cut any overgrown stems off if necessary to keep your plant's desired form or size.

Although taking care of a Calathea rattlesnake houseplant may initially seem difficult, it need not be. You can maintain the health of this lovely houseplant for years by meeting its needs for proper lighting, high humidity levels, well-drained soil, regular watering and fertilizing schedules, and sporadically pruning. So don't put it off any longer; try growing one yourself right now! You won't regret adding this gorgeous work of art to your collection of home furnishings!

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