Plant Care Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

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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 lancifolia
Goeppertia
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Calathea lancifolia and Calathea insignis

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.

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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rattlesnake Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 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.

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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!

Benefits of Growing Rattlesnake Plant →

Common Rattlesnake Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Rattlesnake Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rattlesnake Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rattlesnake Plant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rattlesnake Plant Light Requirements →

Rattlesnake Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Rattlesnake Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Rattlesnake Plant Toxicity to Dogs →

Rattlesnake Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Rattlesnake Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Rattlesnake Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Rattlesnake Plant is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Rattlesnake Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Rattlesnake Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Rattlesnake Plant →


🌎 Native Region

Rattlesnake Plant is native to Tropical Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Rattlesnake Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rattlesnake Plant is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Rattlesnake Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rattlesnake Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rattlesnake Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Rattlesnake Plant can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Rattlesnake Plant, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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

What other plant parents say

Rattlesnake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 25
Rattlesnake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 21
Rattlesnake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Rattlesnake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 15
Rattlesnake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Rattlesnake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Rattlesnake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
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leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,202 XP
03/06/2022

My plant has been a pretty slow grower but from my experience it doesn’t brown easily. I love how the leaves go upward at night.

Survivor Survivor
@MeganO avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
12/27/2021

It’s a calathea so of course it’s going to be annoying about humidity and browning leaves and a magnet for pests. Not as big of a pest magnet as other calathea I have had though.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@teamstarburger avatar
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leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,168 XP
11/05/2021

Browns easily but bounces back quickly with use of distilled water for misting and watering.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Jan avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 648 XP
10/02/2021

Easy to grow

@bigshe64 avatar
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leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe Ephrata, PA
09/29/2021

Easiest of all Calathea to grow. Fussy with water.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Wagnonanna avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 393 XP
09/15/2021

Super durable, went into depression and didn’t water plants for months. Killed almost everything but this guy came back strong

@KikiGoldblatt avatar
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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Oliver Springs, TN
08/25/2021

Love the way the leaves move with the lighting.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@JMplantlover avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 304 XP
08/17/2021

Managed to survive abuse by cat tho very fussy about placement

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@Caylasjungle avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 107 XP
08/08/2021

This is such a gorgeous plant!! I overwatered it pretty easily lol but it recovered easily!

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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 307 XP
07/06/2021

You may think that it doesn’t need sun at all but it dose I made that mistake because it was droopy but I put it outside not in the direct sun it rose up again.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@StringPlayer avatar
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leaf-1 80 Plants
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globe Placerville, CA
06/29/2021

Of the calatheas, this is one of the easiest to take care of. Likes some additional humidity, but seems okay at 40-50% relative humidity.

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@RJG avatar
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globe Austin, TX
06/05/2021

the easiest calathea imo. good one to get your feet wet on!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@martin avatar
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leaf-1 40 Plants
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globe New York
05/30/2021

Mine just sprouted new growth, first time since bringing it home. Fun watching the leaves open and close 🕺🏻. Mindful watering + 3ft from a south facing window 👌

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@plantsareawesome avatar
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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 1,242 XP
05/28/2021

it closes at night!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Brentwood, CA
05/23/2021

I love that it dances! Don’t be worried by the foliage moving because it’s supposed to. So cute and endearing!

@turner217kayla avatar
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 314 XP
05/16/2021

Beautiful foliage and pet friendly! Seems more low maintenance than my other calatheas.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@Nataleaf avatar
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leaf-1 74 Plants
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globe New Orleans, LA
04/27/2021

One of my lower maintenance marantaceae! Thrives in a north window - avoid direct sun, but give bright indirect light. Water only with rainwater or distilled water and fertilize sparingly. Keep soil moist, but not soggy. In a north window this means watering every 1-2 weeks or so, depending on your substrate. Mine has tons of new shoots coming up! If I forget to water it for too long, it starts to brown & crisp up the edges of a few leaves. Don’t be surprised when it moves its leaves to collect more light and “prays” at night. So much personality in this plant family.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@brooke avatar
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Denton, TX
04/10/2021

I’m new to owning a rattlesnake plant, but I really love them so far! I’ve noticed the new growth has trouble unfurling without humidity, so I keep mine next to a humidifier. Tons of new leaves shooting out. :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@juropel avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Denver, CO
04/05/2021

My favorite thing about the Rattlesnake Plant is that it keeps time. During the day, the leaves stretch outward, and during the night, they stand tall.

Care tip: Unlink other prayer plants, this one does prefer the soil to be nearly dry before watering.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@teeth4us avatar
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leaf-1 26 Plants
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04/02/2021

Hey sad super easily and will attempt to kill it’s self if it doesn’t have humidity in the room 24/7

Browns easily Browns easily

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