The Peacock Calathea has beautiful foliage, with a glossy dark green and light green pattern, loosely reminiscent of the plumage of a peacock. This native of Brazil is also a type of prayer plant, so its foliage is dramatic in more ways than one, opening and closing its leaves to the movement and presence of the sun.
Light: This plant enjoys bright, indirect light, so do not place it in a south or west-facing window! It will tolerate a south-facing room, as long as any direct sunlight is filtered. It can adapt to lower light levels, but the foliage will retain its colours better if getting brighter light.
Water: Likes to be consistently damp, but not wet, so don't allow to sit in water. As a general rule of thumb, water when the top two inches of compost are dry. Fertilise every other week during the growing season.
Air: Prefers warmer air (18-26ºC) and higher humidity, so mist the foliage between waterings, sit the plant on a tray of watered pebbles or use a humidifier. Avoid draughts with this plant.
When repotting, use a well-draining houseplant potting mix, even adding some perlite to ensure adequate drainage, or try our new Calathea/Maranta potting mix!
Pot size: D14cm x H13cm Plant size: approximately W40cm x H40cm
We stock a wide range of indoor plants in our Clare Street and Monkstown shops, however only a small selection of them are available for purchase online. Decorative pots shown in photos are not included.