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Designing Your Home with a Calathea Peacock Plant

Are you looking for a beautiful, easy-to-care-for houseplant that will look stunning in your home? Look no further than the Calathea peacock, a clump-forming plant with lush, dense foliage and stunning leaf patterns that resemble a peacock’s tail. It requires moderate, indirect sunlight and prefers a warm, humid environment. Plus, it’s safe for pets and requires less attention than other plants, making it a great choice for beginners. Read on to learn more about the Peacock plant’s unique features and how to care for it.

The Benefits of Adding a Peacock Plant to Your Home

The Peacock plant is a stunning plant that makes a bold design statement with its eye-catching leaf patterns resembling the tail of a peacock. Although it prefers moderate, indirect sunlight, it should be kept out of the sun to avoid dulling the leaves. Low light can slow down its growth rate, so care must be taken to ensure that it receives enough light for optimal health.

When it comes to watering, Peacock plants like to be kept moist. During the winter months, water them twice a week; during the warmer months, water them every two to three days. It is important that your pot has good drainage holes to prevent root rot.

Where should you put your Peacock plant? With a clump-forming habit, the lush and dense foliage will look great in any household position that is warm, humid, and out of intense sunlight. Peacock plants can also be grown outdoors if the temperatures are warm. Make sure to protect it from strong winds as this may damage its delicate leaves.

If you’re looking for a plant that is complementary to your Peacock plant, consider the Snake Plant. It requires the same amount of light and is safe for pets as well. As a comparison to the Peacock Plant, this houseplant requires less attention, is easy to grow, and is perfect for beginners.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more entertaining, then a Calathea Peacock is the perfect choice for your bedroom. It has the ability to close and raise its leaves at night and open them again in the morning due to small joints between its leaf and stem. According to Mast, this is due to light moving the joints.

Do Peacock plants grow fast? Your peacock plant will only need to be repotted once every two or three years, because it is not a fast grower. If your calathea is drying out too quickly between waterings or if you see roots emerging from the base of the pot, it’s time to repot.

Not only is the Peacock plant a stunning addition to any home, but it also offers many other benefits. It is known that peacock plants are good at removing chemical vapours from the air, as well as having a relatively high transpiration rate, which makes them a great addition to your indoor environment.

Caring for Peacock Plants in Low Humidity Environments

However, if you notice that the leaves of your Peacock plant are starting to turn brown and become papery in texture, then it is likely that your plant needs a more humid environment. The simplest way to fix this issue is to regularly mist the leaves, use a pebble tray or invest in a humidifier.

In addition, it is important to make sure that the plant is receiving enough light and water. Too much or too little of either one can cause leaves to turn brown and curl. Lastly, it is also possible that your Peacock plant may be affected by pests or diseases, so it’s worth taking a closer look at the leaves for any signs of infestation.

The Science Behind the Peacock Plant’s Movement

But why does the Peacock plant move so much? It is believed that the movements of its leaves are due to their pulvini, which are swollen nodes at the base of each leaf. These pulvini change the pressure in the leaf stalk (petiole), enabling it to follow the sun’s movement in order to maximize light absorption. This allows it to make better use of available light and get more energy for photosynthesis. It also helps ensure that all parts of its leaves receive an equal amount of sunlight, thereby promoting healthier growth and development.

Watering Your Peacock Plant

Now that you know the basics of caring for a Peacock Plant, it is important to understand how to water it correctly. Ideally, Peacock plants prefer a medium moisture level but should not be left standing in water or in soggy soil. They don’t like hard water, so if they are partially dry, you can use bottled water or rainwater. All the way around the plant is a good place to check for water levels and it may be helpful to use a moisture meter.

In terms of size, the Peacock plant can grow to two feet tall and its leaves are feathery and pale green. From the middle of the leaf to the outer edge they can be as long as 10 to 12 inches. The undersides of these leaves have a pinkish-maroon hue.


The Calathea Peacock is an ideal houseplant for any environment and its unique leaf patterns make it a great decorative addition to any household. They are easy to care for and prefer moderate, indirect sunlight and medium moisture levels. Additionally, they can be grown outdoors in warmer climates. With proper care, these plants can bring a sense of life and beauty to any home.