Calathea Makoyana
Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care,  Propagation

Calathea Makoyana

Welcome to our guide to the Calathea Makoyana, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs…

Calathea Makoyana Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Keep moist soil at all times but not soggy.
Fertilizer:Feed every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with half-strength, well-balanced fertilizer. 
Soil:Equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and sand.
Humidity:60% or more.
Temperature:60-75°F (16-24°C).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Peacock Plant, Cathedral Window, Peacock Calathea.
Common issues:Browning or yellowing of leaves from too much sun or irregular watering.

Introduction

The Calathea makoyana, also known as the Peacock Plant, is a beautiful houseplant that is native to South America, specifically Eastern Brazil. It is an evergreen perennial that can grow up to 2 feet tall and wide. The leaves are oval-shaped and have a pale green color with a dark green feather-like pattern that resembles a peacock’s tail. The underside of the leaves is pinkish-purple. The flowers are white and have a purple center. Being native to the tropics of Brazil, it loves sitting in humid conditions.

See also: Calathea Musaica, Calathea Beauty Star, Calathea Freddie, Calathea Zebrina.

Light Needs

As it grows under the shades of the large trees so a spot that receives bright, indirect sunlight would be best for it. It is important not to place it in direct sunlight as this will cause the leaves to fade and lose their colour.

How Often to Water Calathea Makoyana

Watering Calathea makoyana needs a little bit of practice. This stunning plant likes to be in moist soil at all times but not soggy. The best way to achieve this is to water it when the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry. If the leaves of your plant begin to droop, this is a sign that it is not getting enough water.

Fertiliser

It should be fertilised every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with half-strength, well-balanced fertilizer. During the winter months, you can fertilize your plant every month. It is important not to over-fertilize your plant as this will cause the leaves to burn.

Soil

It loves soil that is well-draining but also holds moisture. You can use a commercial potting mix or make your own by mixing equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and sand.

When To Repot Calathea Makoyana

Calathea makoyana should be repotted every 2-3 years. The best time to repot your plant is in the spring before it starts its active growth period. Be sure to use a pot that is only 1-2 inches larger than the current pot, as Calathea Makoyana does not like to be rootbound.

Humidity

It loves humid conditions and will do best in a room that has a humidity level of 60% or higher. If the air in your home is too dry, you can increase the humidity around your plant by placing it on a pebble tray or by using a humidifier.

Temperature

Calathea makoyana prefers warm temperatures and will do best in a room that has an average temperature of 60-75°F (16-24°C).

How To Propagate Calathea Makoyana

Calathea makoyana can be propagated by root division. Carefully remove your plant from its pot and divide the rootball into 2-3 sections. Each section should have 3-5 leaves. Plant each section in its own pot filled with a well-draining potting mix. Water the plants well and place them in a warm, humid location.

Other Names

Peacock Plant, Cathedral Window, Peacock Calathea

Calathea Makoyana FAQs and Common Problems

One of the most common problems, Calathea makoyana, can face is the browning or yellowing of leaves. This can be caused by several factors, including too much sun, too little watering, or insect infestation. Another common problem with Calathea Makoyana is root rot. This can be caused by overwatering, which leads to the roots being unable to adequately drain.

Is the Peacock plant the same as the Prayer plant?

No, the Peacock plant is not the same as the Prayer plant.

Is the Peacock plant toxic to pets?

No, the Peacock plant is not toxic to pets making it a completely safe choice for pet owners.

Why does my Calathea makoyana have brown leaf tips?

One of the reasons Calathea makoyana has brown leaf tips is due to not enough humidity. Calathea makoyana needs high humidity to thrive, so if the air around it is too dry, the leaves will start to brown.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

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There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Calathea Musaica, Calathea Beauty Star, Calathea Freddie, Calathea Zebrina.

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