Plant Care Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

4.7 out of 5 (73 experiences)

Rattlesnake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Rattlesnake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Rattlesnake Plant

Many of the houseplants we used to know as Calatheas now belong to the genus Goeppertia (say that three times fast). These plants have delightfully patterned leaves that come in all sorts of colors and shapes! Commonly known as prayer plants, the leaves of some species fold up at night through a process called nyctinasty meaning night movement! 😴

Taxonomy

Goeppertia insignis
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

How to care for Rattlesnake Plant

Water

How often to water your Rattlesnake Plant

Water needs for Rattlesnake Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Rattlesnake Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rattlesnake Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

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Growing Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 27th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight will decrease by 27.6% ☀️

November 23rd, 2022

Memphis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to decrease by 27.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

November 27th, 2022

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.7 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Rattlesnake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rattlesnake Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rattlesnake Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Rattlesnake Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rattlesnake Plant: 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 Rattlesnake Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Rattlesnake Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Rattlesnake Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 27th, 2022

The growing potential in Memphis is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Rattlesnake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 34
Rattlesnake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 26
Rattlesnake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 17
Rattlesnake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
Rattlesnake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Rattlesnake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Rattlesnake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 188 XP
globe Maastricht, Limburg
03/05/2022

This plant is surprising me. I left it at home for one month without watered it. It grew more than before. It might necessary to water it two times per week

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Rootsman avatar
@Rootsman
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,110 XP
globe Sutton Valence, England
03/05/2022

Mine is about 90cm/3ft high. It’s a striking plant which dominates its surroundings and will transform any room. Pay attention to its needs - humidity, indirect light and frequent watering - and you will be rewarded.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Purposeplants avatar
@Purposeplants
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 96 XP
globe Smithtown, NY
02/09/2022

Grows great, awesome for low light areas, cleans the air, and you don’t need to water it often

Survivor Survivor
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@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 7,181 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
01/24/2022

What a show off! Love this guy. Designer artsy leaves, says his prayers at night, opens up to a brand new day! What a guy 🤗

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Ramenlechuga
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 521 XP
01/16/2022

Fussy

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

A pretty easy calathea as long as you water consistently and keep a humid environment

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 3,152 XP
12/28/2021

She’s very dramatic in that tap water = very shriveled and brown leaves but as long as you use distilled or rain water she thrives! Mine currently resides in ~65% humidity with grow lights and has been putting out two to three new leaves every two weeks or so

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Annalovesvoting
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 3,269 XP
globe Portsmouth, NH
12/20/2021

I love my rattlesnake, it’s dramatic and gorgeous. I’ve never had any issues with humidity and honestly kinda neglect it. Great bang for your buck for cool foliage with low hassle

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 XP
12/10/2021

Also known as prayer plant closes leaves at night opens in moring

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,427 XP
globe Leawood, KS
12/09/2021

The only calathea I can keep happy

Survivor Survivor
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@Dovergardener
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 336 XP
globe Dover, FL
11/21/2021

It closes and opens every day.

Survivor Survivor
Boki avatar
@Boki
leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 3,626 XP
globe San Juan, Metro Manila
11/17/2021

Done a lot of things wrong with this plant but its still here with me. Not so good with calatheas and others have withered thats why I am giving a 5 star rating

Survivor Survivor
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@Hkpierson
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,033 XP
globe Brattleboro, VT
11/11/2021

Easy to mistake overwatering for under-watering.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Rosiemarieeaster
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 257 XP
globe Lichfield, England
11/08/2021

This plant loves humidity but is super easy to overwater so be careful. It also doesn’t like being in direct sunlight as it scorches the leaves and causes it to lose its vibrant colour.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Gillian.lingo
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Mint Hill, NC
09/16/2021

An absolutely stunning plant. She is one of my favorites. There seems to always be new leaves being put on.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Madison avatar
@Madison
leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Claremont, CA
09/10/2021

i love the way this plant looks but sheesh she’s picky

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Lazyplantparent
leaf-1 72 Plants
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globe Chesterfield, VA
08/27/2021

Beautiful, easy to care for, and cat safe!

Survivor Survivor
Liibby avatar
@Liibby
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 510 XP
08/12/2021

I love how light reactive this boy is

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@Tednyc21
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 349 XP
globe New York
08/11/2021

Nature’s amazing art: Dolores!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Brittany avatar
@Brittany
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 153 XP
globe Guelph, Ontario
08/09/2021

It’s called a prayer plant and the leaves opens and close day to night. Very resilient!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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