Plant Care Peacock Plant

Peacock Plant

4.3 out of 5 (23 experiences)

Peacock Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Peacock Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Peacock Plant

Peacock Plant is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as browning easily and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 307 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Peacock Plant likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Peacock Plant belongs to the calathea genus, and is native to Eastern Brazil.


Calathea makoyana

Also known as

Cathedral Windows, Peacock Calathea and peacock prayer

How to care for Peacock Plant


How often to water your Peacock Plant

Water needs for Peacock Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Peacock 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 Peacock Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Peacock Plant in your home

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

Peacock 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.

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How to fertilize Peacock Plant

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

Difficulty Level

Peacock Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Peacock Plant

Peacock Plant

Peacock Plant

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

Peacock Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Peacock Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Peacock Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Peacock Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Peacock Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Peacock Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Kim avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 546 XP

Keep your water regular and don’t overwater. Hates to be too wet or dry. Keep evenly moist

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Bethea0211 avatar
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 2,110 XP
globe Superior, Colorado

Not for faint of heart but this is an easier Calathea than my others. Lots of humidity, filtered/distilled room temperature water. Keep moist.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Annaliese avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 403 XP

Thrives when there is plenty of humidity (around 60%) - I use a pebble tray to help regulate the humidity. I only had it for a couple of months but it’s going strong, only a few small leaves at the base have got brown tips. Pretty good plant overall

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Wobblyknees avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP

I loved how pretty it was but It’s not surviving it due to my lack of plant parent skills.

Browns easily Browns easily
Cmmnsnse avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, Florida

lil Tjay is stunning when you get close and focus on him. He’s tiny, so it’s easy to overlook him. Fortunately he doesn’t need much attention, and I when he does get your attention, he can hold it easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Emolz avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 197 XP

Beautiful plant, but a bit difficult for beginners

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Nerskine avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,978 XP

Wow this gal is finicky. Nothing I was doing was making her happy, and her leaves were browning constantly UNTIL I put her in my bathroom. My husband takes super hot showers and once in awhile I’ll put her in there for a sauna with him 😂 Now she’s growing quickly and she’s thrilled. Humidity is key with this one!

Browns easily Browns easily
Roger_mrqz avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 372 XP

Puts out 1-3 leaves every 1-2 weeks so it’s a fast grower, easy to take care of but it’s best to water with distilled water to prevent minerals from building up in the soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Hailleemarie avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 399 XP

The peacock Calathea is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The foliage is stunning and ties together any room. When considering a calathea please research their humidity needs. Mine live in the bathroom because my home is not humid enough for these beauties. But my bathroom now has the most beautiful plants to pull it together.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily

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