Peacock Plant

Peacock Plant Care

Calathea makoyana

Basic Peacock Plant Care

Part of the Calathea plant family, the Peacock Plant can be a little temperamental sometimes so is not always the best for beginner plant parents. Below is our complete Peacock Plant care guide with everything you need to know to keep your plant happy and healthy.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Detailed Peacock Plant Care Information

Whether you're looking to make sure your Peacock Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Peacock Plant

Peacock Plants need bright, indirect light

You want to keep your Peacock Plant away from direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves and damage the beautiful patterns. Bright but indirect light is ideal but it can deal with some medium level light although growth will be slower.

Water when the soil feels dry

You want to make sure that you don’t let your Peacock Plant dry out for too long between waterings as they do like to have moist soil. But you also need to be careful not to overwater as they are sensitive to root rot and it can cause a whole range of issues for your plant.

Warmer temperatures are best

You want to avoid placing your Peacock Plant in cooler rooms of your home as it can be quite damaging to your plant’s overall health. Keep them away from drafts as this will cause shock. The ideal range of temperature is around 60-75F / 16-24C.

High humidity is key

One of the most important things to monitor when caring for a Peacock Plant is humidity. We recommend investing in a humidifier to keep a high and constant humidity level around your plant. Other methods include misting, pebble trays and showering.

Fertilise once a month over spring and summer

You want to make sure you are only fertilising your Peacock Plant once a month during the warmer growing months and not at all during winter. We also recommend diluting your fertiliser to half the recommended strength to avoid fertiliser burn.

Propagate your Peacock Plant through division

The most successful method of propagating Peacock Plant is by dividing the mother plant into several smaller plants. Make sure that each section has a good chunk of the root system for best chance of success.

Peacock Plant are non toxic

Another great thing about Peacock Plant is that they are completely safe for pets and humans!

Peacock Plant FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Peacock Plant .

Peacock Plants thrive in areas with bright but indirect light. You want to keep them away from any direct sunlight during spring and summer as this can burn their delicate leaves. Whilst they can adapt to medium light levels, growth will be slower and smaller. 

Peacock Plants are completely safe and non-toxic to pets and humans, making them a great plant for every home. 

Because they have such delicate leaves, Peacock Plants can be a little temperamental so we don’t recommend these to beginner plant parents, unfortunately. 

Peacock Plants don’t like their soil to be dry for extended periods of time as this can cause the root system to crisp up. However, the other extreme can also quickly cause root rot so it’s all about finding the right balance. A little but often watering routine can really work for these plants but it does require a little more attention.

Peacock Plant Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Peacock Plant .

Peacock Plant

Common Problems with your Peacock Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

Although the Peacock Plant does produce flowers, these are quite rare and unpredictable. Just because your Peacock Plant isn’t flowering doesn’t mean you aren’t looking after it properly. If the rest of your plant is healthy and happy then just be patient and maybe you’ll be surprised by flowers soon.

Direct light can cause Peacock Plant leaves to fade and lose their pattern. Move your plant to a slightly shadier spot in your home and trim away the worst affected leaves if they look quite dead.

Brown leaf tips or brown leaf edges on a Peacock Plant is often due to a lack of humidity. We recommend misting the plant several times a week as well as buying a humidifier. You’ll plants will love you for it.

Yellow leaves on a Peacock Plant is often caused by overwatering. Check the moisture levels in the soil to see if it is waterlogged and replace if necessary. Going forward cut back on how often you are watering your Peacock Plant, making sure the soil has time to dry out between waterings.

Dry crispy light brown leaves on a Peacock Plant is caused by underwatering. Inspect the soil to confirm (you don’t want to water more if this isn’t the issue) and slowly reintroduce more regular waterings.

Simple Peacock Plant Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Calathea makoyana.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NamePeacock Plant
Latin NameCalathea makoyana
LightBright Indirect Light
WaterWater Moderately
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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