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How to Care for a Rattlesnake Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Rattlesnake Plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Rattlesnake Plant; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.



LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Rattlesnake Plant is a great low light plant and will do best in medium to low light. This gorgeous tropical plant doesn’t like much sun on its leaves, so shield it from direct light to prevent scorching.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water the Rattlesnake enough to keep it moist, but not wet or saturated as yellowing may occur on the leaves. During May-August, water more frequently to keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. In the winter, only water when the topsoil becomes dry to the touch. Extended periods of dryness can result in leaves curling and brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering causes the plant to wilt—and wilted plants recover slowly.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
Like many tropical indoor plants, your Rattlesnake Plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Rattlesnakes like it warm, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 64 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

PLANT FOOD
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter.

ADDITIONAL CARE
If you notice a tip or margin burn, especially on older leaves, often with a yellowish hue at the edge of the burn, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves with a damp cloth occasionally.

TOXICITY
Rattlesnake Plants are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs, and cats.