Calathea Makoyana "Peacock"
Calathea Makoyana "Peacock"
Calathea Makoyana "Peacock"
Calathea Makoyana "Peacock"
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Calathea Makoyana "Peacock"

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The Peacock plant, also known as Calathea makoyana, is a beautiful tropical houseplant, famed for its beautiful, contrasting green and purplish-red leaves that will brighten up any indoor living space. They do take a little bit of work to keep in good condition, so read on to learn all you need to know about peacock plant care.

Calathea makoyana needs bright, indirect sunlight, temperatures of 60-75°F (16-24°C), and high humidity. Water when the soil surface starts to dry, fertilize with a dilute, balanced fertilizer every 2-4 weeks, and pinch back the stems to create a fuller, bushy plant.

As with many other houseplants, the peacock plant also has tropic origins which is one of the reasons it does so well indoors. It is native to the tropical forests of Brazil, found growing under the shade canopies of the tall, tropical trees.

The attractive foliage on the Calathea is what makes them popular with homeowners as houseplants. These tall, slender plants add beautiful color to your houseplant collection without monopolizing space.

Peacock Plant Care Needs

Soil: Well-draining general purpose houseplant potting mix.

Temperature:  60-75°F (16-24°C) for best growth.

Fertilizer: Use liquid or water soluble fertilizer made up at no more than half strength and apply every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. NPK 3-1-2 is perfect, but a balanced preparation is normally fine.

Humidity: >60% humidity. High humidity is really important to keep your peacock plant healthy. Using a digital hygrometer to monitor humidity is a great idea.

Re-Potting: Repot every 1-2 years at the start of the growing season.

Diseases and Pests: Generally quite resistant. Will get root rot if overwatered. Aphids, spider mites and scale sometimes.

Toxicity: Non-toxic. Safe for humans and pets.