Calathea Makoyana a.k.a Peacock Plant
Calathea Makoyana Quick Overview
The typical size of Calathea Makoyana when kept indoors with the correct care is approximately 2 foot high.
Your Calathea Makoyana will perform best when positioned in bright indirect light. Signs that your Calathea Makoyana is getting not enough light is faded leaves, slow growth, smaller leaves and/or plant becoming leggy. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
Calathea Makoyana prefer warmer temperature conditions and will grow best when kept in an area which maintains a temperature of 60-75˚F (16-24˚C). When keeping your plant outside of this temperate bracket for prolonged periods of time you can expect it to develop health issues or seize growing.
Maintaining a high humidity (above 60%) will assist in keeping your Calathea Makoyana happy and healthy. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range see our tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.
You should water your Calathea Makoyana when the top of the soil starts feeling dry. When watering your Calathea Makoyana be sure to water throughly, allowing water to drain completely. Calathea Makoyana like the soil to be moist but not soggy. A sign that your Calathea Makoyana is not getting enough water is browning leaves.
In optimal conditions your Calathea Makoyana should be fertilized every 2-4 weeks during spring and into autumn. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. Calatheas are a sensitive plant. To ensure you don’t over-fertilize your Calathea Makoyana, use a liquid fertilizer that is made up half the recommended strength.
Calathea Makoyana require a well draining soil.
Diseases & Pests
The most common pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Calathea Makoyana are aphids, spider mites and scale. The most common disease you may encounter is root rot if the plant is over-watered and Pseudomonas leaf spot. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests see all pests & diseases.
Calathea Makoyana are considered to be non toxic.