Plant Care Calathea Lutea

Calathea Lutea

4.5 out of 5 (24 experiences)

Calathea Lutea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Calathea Lutea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Rattle Shaker, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattlesnake Ginger and Yellow Rattle Shaker


Calathea crotalifera

How to care for Calathea Lutea


How often to water your Calathea Lutea

Water needs for Calathea Lutea
0.5 cups
every 9

Calathea Lutea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Calathea Lutea

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Rattle Shaker in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calathea Lutea: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Calathea Lutea may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Calathea Lutea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calathea Lutea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Calathea Lutea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Calathea Lutea can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Calathea Lutea

Calathea Lutea

Calathea Lutea

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Calathea Lutea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Calathea Lutea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Calathea Lutea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Calathea Lutea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Calathea Lutea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Calathea Lutea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Evieess avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 133 XP
globe Durham, England

the leaves close at night and droop at say and its normal so dont worry!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Megan avatar
leaf-1 87 Plants
xp 14,529 XP
globe Washington, DC

Definitely the easiest calathea. Like the rest of the marantaceae family, the leaves fold up at night - which is SUPER cool to see.
Doesn’t like to dry out.

Survivor Survivor
Treehuggin_jess avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 6,174 XP
globe Norfolk, VA

This plant doesn’t need a ton of light to thrive, I keep it about 3 ft from a north facing window and it’s regularly making mew leaves. It loved humidity between 50-60%. I water it with distilled water about once a week.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jacinta avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 563 XP
globe Hampton, VA

Beautiful, eye catching plant! It grows fast and adds such a cool vibe to the room.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Tastydonuts avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,081 XP
globe Johnson City, TN

Such a fussy plant IMO.

Browns easily Browns easily
Cailyn avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 42 XP

we love this plant! it’s super fun to watch it move through out the day, and is a survivor. we always kill plants and this one is 6 months strong

Survivor Survivor
Angelhe18 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Moreno Valley, CA


Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Baileyrae avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP

I absolutely adore my rattlesnake plant, the leaves are stunning and won’t brown as much if well cared for! I take mine in the bathroom with me when I shower so it can spend some time in the humidity. Make sure you water it with filtered water- hard tap water can make them kind of moody.
Personally, I keep mine out of direct sunlight and just pretty close to a window, and it maintains its pattern well. It grows quicker than I expected, but not too fast!! My absolute favorite.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Elsabetts avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,112 XP

I love how it reacts to the light

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nerskine avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 2,932 XP

I love him so much, but he sure does play hard to get. He’s picky and finicky and whiny when he doesn’t get his way, but damn- he sure is pretty when he’s happy! I love the challenge :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jxkie avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 97 XP

Theyre brats to take care of, they need no drafts, purified water, n water pretty often. theyre beautiful but a pain in the ass

Browns easily Browns easily

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