Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant Care

Calathea Lancifolia

Basic Rattlesnake Plant Care

We aren’t surprised that Rattlesnake Plants are becoming popular in the houseplant world as they are very easy to care for. Below you’ll find all the information you need to properly care for your Rattlesnake Plant.

Low Light

I prefer a shady spot as too much sunlight 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.

Medium Humidity

Please make sure the air isn't too dry, otherwise I won't be a happy plant.

Potting Soil

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

Detailed Rattlesnake Plant Care Information

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

Rattlesnake Plant

They are a great low-light plant

One thing we really love about Rattlesnake Plants is that they don’t need a lot of light to be happy. They will thrive well in medium to low light areas of your home. Direct sunlight is a definite no-go as it will scorch the leaves pretty quickly! Use a light meter if you aren’t sure where to place your plant.


Rattlesnake Plants like moist soil

It is important to not let your Rattlesnake Plant’s soil get waterlogged. Water more frequently in the growth period of spring and summer. In winter, we recommend only watering your Rattlesnake Plant when the top of the soil is very dry to touch. You can also use a moisture meter to check the soil before watering.


Rattlesnake Plants prefer warmer temperatures

Although they won’t necessarily die if your home is a little cooler, Rattlesnake Plants definitely like warmer rooms. Try to keep them away from drafty windows and doors as the cold air from outside may cause shock.



Try to keep the humidity up

Rattlesnake Plants like a spot with slightly more humidity. We recommend misting your plant in warmer months using a spray bottle, using a humidifier or growing it in your kitchen or bathroom where humidity levels are naturally higher. You can find out more about raising the humidity for your plants in our guide.


Only fertilise your Rattlesnake Plant in the growth period

As with the majority of other houseplants, Rattlesnake Plants do not need fertilisation in winter. You will get the best results if you use a general houseplant fertiliser every month or so during spring and summer. Our plants really love this feed from Miracle Gro.


Rattlesnake Plants are safe for pets and humans

Another reason why we love Rattlesnake Plants is that they are non-toxic for pets and children. So you don’t need to worry about moving it out of the way.



Propagate a Rattlesnake Plants using division

The best method to propagate your Rattlesnake Plants is through dividing the mother plant into several new plants. As long as each plant has a good bit of the main root system, your propagation should be successful. Be careful when handling the roots to minimise damage.

Rattlesnake Plant FAQs

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

Although their name doesn’t suggest it, the Rattlesnake Plant is completely safe and non-toxic for pets and humans. So you don’t need to worry about putting it out of reach. 

Direct sunlight is a no-no when it comes to caring for your Rattlesnake Plant as it will dry out and burn the plant. In fact, they actually make good low light houseplants as they can thrive in medium to low light areas.

Yes, the Rattlesnake Plant is a super low maintenance houseplant as they will thrive in a range of environments. 

Whilst you want to increase how much or how often you water your Rattlesnake Plant during summer, you still need to make sure that the potting mix has enough time to dry out between waterings. Monitor the moisture in the soil to find out how often you need to water as it will depend on each individual plant. 

Yes, it is believed that the Rattlesnake Plant absorbs some level of toxins which will help purify the air in your home. Just another reason to love them!

Rattlesnake 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 Rattlesnake Plant .

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Common Problems with your Rattlesnake 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.

If you notice the leaves on your Rattlesnake Plant are starting to curl, this is often due to either a lack of water or not enough humidity in the air. Slightly increase the frequency of your watering and occasionally mist your plant if you are not already as this may stop the leaves from curling. We also recommend using a humidifier to increase the humidity around your plant.

Brown leaf tips on a Rattlesnake Plant are most commonly due to underwatering or a lack of humidity. Slightly increase the frequency of your watering and occasionally mist your plant using a spray bottle or use a humidifier if you are not already.

If you find that your Rattlesnake plant has started to wilt, you may be overwatering. Check the moisture in the soil using a moisture meter and replace with a high-quality potting mix if waterlogged. Reduce your watering and keep an eye on the moisture levels in the soil. We also recommend adding drainage holes to the pot if there aren’t any or switching to terracotta pots. 

Simple Rattlesnake 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 Lancifolia.

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

Common NameRattlesnake Plant
Latin NameCalathea Lancifolia
LightLow Light
WaterWater Moderately
HumidityMedium Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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