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Peacock Plant

Calathea Makoyana

Plant Type
Evergreen, Herbaceous, Perennial
Mature Size
Up to 4 ft tall
Sun exposure
Partial sun, Full shade
Soil Type
Moist, well drained
Soil PH
Acid, neutral, slightly alkaline
Bloom Time
Anytime, small flowers
Flower Color
Hardiness Zones
10-11, USA
Native Area
Not toxic
Peacock Plant


Plant Care

Peacock plants are a beautiful and exotic type of foliage that will bring an amazing touch of life to any home or garden. They require special care, however, in order to remain healthy and vibrant. In this article, we’ll explore the five elements necessary for proper care of peacock plants – light, soil, water, temperature and humidity, and fertilizer.


it’s essential that peacock plants receive plenty of bright sunlight every day. The optimum amount is between four to six hours per day directly in front of a south-facing window. If you don’t have an ideal window placement, you can always provide your peacock plant with artificial lighting from fluorescent or LED bulbs. Position the lights 8-12 inches above the plant for the best results. Additionally, be sure to rotate your plant occasionally so that all sides get equal amounts of light exposure.


when it comes to soil for your peacock plant, make sure to use a potting mix that drains well and won’t retain moisture for long periods of time. A mixture with equal parts peat moss, perlite/vermiculite/grit and compost should suffice for most plants. You also want to make sure your container has good drainage holes so excess water can escape easily and not cause root rot or other damage.


It's important not to overwater your peacock plant; too much water can lead to root rot and other problems. When watering your peacock plant, make sure the soil is dry at least one inch down before adding more water again. Also avoid getting the leaves wet as this can increase risk of disease development on foliage.

Temperature & Humidity

Peacock plants prefer warm temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C), but they also do quite well in slightly cooler temperatures - as low as 50°F (10°C). Just be sure not to expose them to any cold drafts or strong winds which can damage leaves and reduce flowering potential significantly; if possible keep away from radiators or cold windowsills too. As far as humidity goes, these plants prefer moist air around them so misting regularly will help maintain optimal conditions by simulating natural rainforest conditions they come from originally!


To ensure healthy growth and vibrant blooms throughout their growing season you will need a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks during spring through summertime months – making sure not to overdo it by using only half the strength recommended on packaging instructions! Additionally adding some slow-release granules into soil around base of plant may also be beneficial - these release nutrients slowly over several months which provide steady nutrition without having constantly fertilize manually each month itself!

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