Is the Calathea Rattlesnake Plant toxic?
Unlike its dubious name, the Rattlesnake plant is not dangerous to humans or pets. Although non-toxic, it is always good to take safety precautions when placing this plant in your home, avoid areas where your pets or children can chomp away at its beautiful foliage.
What’s the ideal temperature?
Much like their reptilian namesake, Rattlesnake plants prefer warm temperatures. They will thrive in 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit, so maintaining temperatures above 64 degrees is crucial. Your plant will be very unhappy if there is a sudden temperature drop.
What’s the ideal humidity level?
A kitchen or bathroom is the perfect place to house your Calathea. Anywhere with natural humidity will do the trick, but if that is not available to you, make sure that it is in a place where it has regulated humidity conditions; avoid cold, dry air, poor ventilation, and chilly drafts. Leaving your plant next to an air conditioner or a heating system can cause its leaves to brown and curl up due to the dry air. A natural, inexpensive way to create humidity is to place the plant in a tray with pebbles, spray it down with lukewarm water regularly.
Does it purify the air?
Not only is the Calathea a vibrant, eye-catching house plant, but it also purifies the air. Placing this plant in your kitchen or bathroom can help contribute to a healthier indoor climate for you and your family.