Posted 1M ago by @kennyounot

leaves curling in after 1 year?

we’ve had this rattlesnake plant (rattle shaker maybe? is there a difference?) for over a year and it has thrived until recently when the leaves started to curl in on themselves and not uncurl like they normally would with the sun cycle. any ideas why?
5ft to light, direct
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
Best Answer
I would probably water the plant and put a plastic bag over it to raise the humidity until the leaves unfurl. πŸƒ

And then water it every time the top inch or two of the soil is dry, and not let it dry out, they are not supposed to curl up like this, they only do that out of stress or thirst. ☺️🌿

I would also suggest that it only water it with distilled or rain water, as normal tap water is the cause of brown tips and edges. β˜ΊοΈπŸƒ
Hello Kennedy πŸ™‚

They will shrivel up and furl when they are getting underwatered.πŸ‚

They severely don't like their soil to dry out too much, this is a very thirsty rattle ☺️πŸͺ΄πŸ’§
@Linx good idea! we haven’t watered it because when it was last watered, it held on to the water for awhile and we thought it was basically drowning!! would you recommend watering with some fertilizer and then the bag on top after? thanks for answering!
@kennyounot I would not fertilise a stressed plant, I would wait until the leaves unfurl πŸ™‚πŸŒΏ

Maybe use a chopstick or a skewer and stick it into the soil all around the pot to loosen up the soil if it is compacted β˜ΊοΈπŸƒ
@Linx amazing answers, thank you so much!!
@kennyounot if you have any more questions, feel free to ask ☺️

Calatheas are my favourite plants, and I have a good handful of them that are thriving πŸ™‚πŸŒΏ

Hope your beautiful rattle bounces back fast πŸŒΏπŸ‘