Plant Care Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

4.7 out of 5 (32 experiences)

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

Also known as

Rattlesnake Calathea

Taxonomy

Calathea lancifolia
Calathea
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.

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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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.

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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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Rattlesnake 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!


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Propagation

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 Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Rattlesnake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Rattlesnake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Rattlesnake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Rattlesnake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 8
Rattlesnake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Rattlesnake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Teamstarburger avatar
@Teamstarburger
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 544 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
@Jan
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 648 XP
10/02/2021

Easy to grow

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Bigshe64 avatar
@Bigshe64
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 715 XP
globe Ephrata, Pennsylvania
09/29/2021

Easiest of all Calathea to grow. Fussy with water.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Wagnonanna avatar
@Wagnonanna
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 271 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

Kristygoldblatt avatar
@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 7,747 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
08/25/2021

Love the way the leaves move with the lighting.

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

Managed to survive abuse by cat tho very fussy about placement

Survivor Survivor
Caylasjungle avatar
@Caylasjungle
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!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
E282611 avatar
@E282611
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 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
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Barbara avatar
@Barbara
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 2,889 XP
globe Novato, California
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.

Survivor Survivor
Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 10,940 XP
globe Austin, Texas
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
Survivor Survivor
Plantsareawesome avatar
@Plantsareawesome
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 271 XP
05/28/2021

it closes at night!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Turner217kayla avatar
@Turner217kayla
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 314 XP
05/16/2021

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Brooke avatar
@Brooke
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 1,381 XP
globe Denton, Texas
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
Micky avatar
@Micky
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 4,077 XP
globe La Mesa, California
02/14/2021

Brown tips galore! But otherwise very sturdy

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily

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