Calathea Lancifolia Care
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Calathea Lancifolia Care

Calatheas do well in most homes with a little care and attention, especially regarding water and humidity…

Calathea Lancifolia Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:They do not like to dry out, check them twice a week and water if top layer is dry.
Fertilizer:Fertilizer isn’t necessary but can encourage growth, feed them once a month in summer with a balanced fertilizer.
Soil:A well-draining peat based compost with some added perlite for good drainage.
Humidity:50%-55%, mist them daily if in a dry atmosphere.
Temperature:18-27°C (65-80°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Rattlesnake plant.
Common issues:Curling leaves due to underwatering.


Welcome to our guide to calathea lancifolia care. The calathea lancifolia aka the rattlesnake plant is an absolutely gorgeous tropical houseplant with dotted green variegations and purple splashes of colour. It is not too difficult to look after, we’ll run down how best to care for it here…

Light Needs

Calatheas like indirect sunlight, the lancifolia will burn if given direct sunlight. Give them plenty of indrect sunlight to encourage the bright colouring in their striking foliage.

How Often to Water

Calatheas do not like to dry out, so check on them once or twice a week and water them if the top layer of soil is dry. However they do not like to sit in water as this can lead to root rot.


You don’t need to feed your calathea lancifolia but if you do they will grow quicker. You can feed them once a month in the summer months with a balanced fertilizer but dilute it down by twice as much as normal as calatheas can be sensitive. You should not feed the mat all in the winter months where the plant does much less growing.

Calathea Lancifolia Care


Your lancifolia will do well in a well-draining peat based compost with some added perlite for good drainage.

When To Repot

Repot you calathea lancifolia yearly in spring to keep the soil fresh and encourage growth in the warmer summer months.


Calatheas like humidity at 50%-55%, they are tropical houseplants, you can mist them daily if they are in a dry atmosphere.


Calathea lancifolias like an ideal temperature range of 18-27°C (65-80°F). But don’t let them get down to below 15°C (59°F) too often as the cold will damage the plants.

Where To Buy A Calathea Lancifolia

You can buy a calathea lancifolia from specialist indoor plant dealers and try Etsy.

Other Names for Calathea Lancifolia

Rattlesnake plant.

Calathea Lancifolia Care FAQs and Common Problems

The leaves will tell you when they’re unhappy on a calathea lancifolia, they will curl up due to underwatering and lack of humidity and they will crisp up when allowed to get too dry. The best thing is to water them regularly but only if the top layer of soil is dry and and mist them a few times a week.

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