‘Peacock’ Calathea

(71 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Calathea makoyana

Common Names: Peacock Plant, Peacock Calathea

Overview: The distinctive markings on this plant’s pale green leaves are said to resemble a peacock’s tail. Also called “Cathedral Windows,” a dark green feathered pattern runs from the leaves’ middle to its outer edges. When new leaves sprout, the undersides show off vibrant pink hues.

Originally from Brazil, Peacocks thrive in high humidity. Some gardeners mist frequently, others believe in placing bowls of water around the plant. It’s also recommended to group the Peacocks with other humidity loving plants. In optimum conditions, the Peacock will grow to 2 ft. in height.

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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Description

The Calathea that is Showy and Flamboyant as its Namesake

With beautiful foliage and an interesting leaf pattern, the Peacock plant is native to the rainforests in Brazil. These plants love the humid climate and grow exceptionally well in warm and moist environments. The leaves move around in search of light, and they fold at night to represent the praying hands. The top of the leaves is transparent and has a light and dark green details. On the underside of the leaves, you will find purple hues. The beauty of the leaves is attractive to plant enthusiasts and is the reason for the popularity of the Peacock plant. 

Caring for your Peacock Plant

Taking good care of any plant is essential to ensure it grows appropriately and blooms. You need to take care of several things, such as the amount of water you need to give the plant, the best way to propagate it, and the kind of fertilizer you need to use. Here is a complete care guide you can use. 

Light

This plant enjoys medium and bright indirect light. They should not be placed in direct sunlight as that can damage the plant significantly. You can set the plant in a room with a window and get reasonable amounts of indirect light. Ideally, these plants grow under large trees in their natural habitat. Therefore, they need indirect but good amounts of light. If your plants do not get enough sunlight, they will produce smaller leaves and stunted growth. 

Soil

The Peacock plant enjoys a well-draining soil that can be a mixture of potting soil, peat, and perlite. You can mix lighter soils such as coir or pumas. Experts recommend avoiding the usage of heavy soils as they are not well draining. 

Water

It is vital to give your Peacock a balanced amount of water. The plant is susceptible to water. They do not deal well with too little water or too much water. If you do not give the plant enough water, its leaves will dry out, and if you overwater it, the roots will start to rot, which can cause the plant to die. 

The soil of the Peacock plant needs to be moist at all times. You can check the moisture in the ground with your finger. Your plant likes a humid environment, so you can try to keep humidity levels high using a mist, and the plant will thrive. 

Fertilizer

The Calathea requires regular fertilizer during its growth stages. You can give it fertilizer every two or three weeks when the growth is in full swing. The best fertilizer match is chemical or organic fertilizer. It is best to avoid any fertilizer during the winter as that can be shocking for the plants in their dormancy.  

Common Issues

If you do not take good care of your Peacock plant, it may face many issues such as pest infestation and other diseases. Let’s look at all the common problems you must be aware of. 

Pests

Spider mites are the most common pests to infest the Peacock plant. Other than that, they may also attract aphids and or scale insects. If these pests infect your Peacock plant, you might see yellow leaves and other visible spots on the surface of the leaves. 

To control the pest infestation, you can use insecticidal soap. 

Disease

Root rot is the most common disease in the Peacock plant. If you overwater it and do not choose well-draining soil, then that can cause your plant’s roots to rot. To avoid root rot, you should only water your plant when scorched. You can check for dryness using your finger. 

Other than that, bacterial growth in your plant may suffer from Pseudomonas Leaf spot. This can cause a reddish-brown spot on the leaves and distort them. To treat this problem, it is best to cut off the damaged leaves so that the bacterium does not spread. 

Pruning 

This plant does not require you to prune it very frequently. All you need to do is to keep an eye out for all the damaged and wilted leaves. Removing them from the plant will help improve your plant’s growth, as only the healthy parts of the plant will get the nutrients. 

Propagation

You can propagate the Peacock plant when it grows big. You can multiply it by root division. You can do it during the springtime as that’s when the plant is waking up and is in its active growth period. Be sure to separate it naturally. 

Potting / Repotting

You can re-pot the plant during the spring and fall. It is best to re-pot the plant every two years or if you think the pot is full of roots. Choose a slightly bigger pot for the re-potting. 

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Full Shade, Medium Shade, Partial Shade

Mature Height

2 ft – 4 ft

Spacing

18 in – 24 in

71 reviews for ‘Peacock’ Calathea

  1. Susan L. (verified owner)

    All the plants arrived beautiful and lush and much larger than I expected. In fact, I had to get larger decorative planters.

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

  4. Ashley (verified owner)

    This plant came very well loved. Gorgeous, full, and upright. Packaged very well.

  5. Jasmine J. (verified owner)

    Bigger than expected. Healthy and thriving

  6. Alexisa H. (verified owner)

    Came in great shape with no damage. Very beautiful definitely worth every penny

  7. Ellen B. (verified owner)

    My calathea is absolutely beautiful. I never worry about purchases from Plantvine. They never disappoint.

  8. Melanie P. (verified owner)

    This indoor plant has doubled in size, love watching it grow.

  9. Tayyaba (verified owner)

    Beautiful! Very pleased with my purchase!!

  10. ANDREA CASTRO (verified owner)

  11. Carol (verified owner)

  12. Cathy Lance (verified owner)

    Gorgeous and arrived in AZ heat just perfect!

  13. Marlene Farwell (verified owner)

  14. Jaclyn (verified owner)

    Arrived beautiful and well-packaged! Very healthy plant, and will buy from plantvine again in the future.

  15. Cathy Russell (verified owner)

    Everything came well packed and in great shape!

  16. Dishelle (verified owner)

    Great experience. Great product. My best friend was extremely happy and excited to add this to her collection.

  17. Sylvia Hevelow Schiess (verified owner)

    Packaged well, no leaf loss. Growing!!!

  18. Ashley Potter (verified owner)

  19. Maria P. (verified owner)

    Great condition

  20. Nancy Hoglund (verified owner)

    Love love love my plants from PlantVine

  21. Rina Najman (verified owner)

    Again, just beautiful, healthy, well potted.

  22. Diane S. (verified owner)

    The plant is beautiful but just a little smaller than expected. Customer service is great and made everything right. Thanks!

  23. Samson (verified owner)

    Perfect condition when it arrived! New leaves already unfurling!

  24. Angela T. (verified owner)

  25. Lois Patterson (verified owner)

    Plant is very healthy they arrived in very good condition nicely packed. I will be ordering more plants from you. I’m impress.

  26. Mallory (verified owner)

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  28. Sara F. (verified owner)

    My all time favorite plant

  29. Julia Daly/Ron Vedd (verified owner)

  30. Vanessa Goodyear (verified owner)

    Beautiful, but incredibly dry compared to all the others in the box.

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Why others chose the ‘Peacock’ Calathea

Someone gave me a peacock plant around 5 years ago, and I have loved it so much that I wanted to send one to a friend! It is very hardy, keeps its shape nicely without growing too quickly, and is just gorgeous with its multi-colored veriegated leaves.

Wanted one from Plantvine, because their plants are awesome!

My favorite calathea. The leaves look like someone carefully drew out all the tiny lines with a pen. This is my first calathea from plant vine but the one I was lucky enough to find at the grocery store has been so hardy, by calathea standards. The different shades of green and pattern are mesmerizing.

My favorite calathea. The leaves look like someone carefully drew out all the tiny lines with a pen. This is my first calathea from plant vine but the one I was lucky enough to find at the grocery store has been so hardy, by calathea standards. The different shades of green and pattern are mesmerizing.

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I love the pattern.

They're mesmerizing!

Love at first sight the patten is breath taking!

Gorgeous colors, leaves are purple underneath and they rise up at nighttime

I already have one from this company and it is beautiful. Thriving despite my lack of knowledge

Beautiful pattern and colors

the spotting is so beautiful!

Wanted more plants

I have two dogs and I wanted a pet friendly plant

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Love the vibrancy of the plant.

Beautiful, cheerful.

I wanted low maintenance, colorful, air purifying plants for my bathroom.

Pet safe

It’s good in shade and safe for cats!

It's beautiful and pet friendly!

I was looking for an indoor plant that’s easy to maintain and that was beautiful too.

I’ve been lookin for house plants for awhile that were pet friendly . I’ve always loved this plant but found it very expensive on other websites. Looking forward to taking care of this beauty !

Love the foliage

I think it’s an attractive plant

Love how they open and close

I have two Calatheas (White Fusion and Concinna) and wanted

Has been on my wishlist for 2 years! Hopefully I will be a great plant mom to her 😘

Plant addiction... saw this Calathea Peacock in a plant care video on YouTube & away I googled...

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