This variant is one of the plants that closes the leaves at night when it sleeps and opens the leaves again when light comes in the morning. The plant is characterised by its unique leaf pattern resembling peacock feathers with its deep purple colour on the back of the leaves.
Botanical name: Calathea ‘Insignis'
Care Watering: Peacock plants should be watered at regular intervals when the top 1-2 cm soil starts to dry. Typically, this will be once or twice every two weeks. They tolerate you forgetting to water it occasionally, but long periods of dried-out soil will result in the tips and edges of the leaves turning brown.
Location: Your peacock plant prefers a bright location, though not in direct sun, as it will cause its leaves sun damage. Ideally place the peacock plants in front of a north, east or west-facing window. However, it doesn't like the cold or the draught, so it's a bad idea to put it next to the window you usually open the most.
Temperature: The plant thrives at room temperatures between 18-25 °C. It doesn't like being somewhere below 15 degrees.
Fertiliser: In spring and summer, your peacock plant likes to get fertiliser about every four weeks. During the winter period, there is no need to fertilise as it grows more slowly during the cold months and therefore cannot absorb the nutrients. In fact, fertilising during the winter season can have the opposite effect and burn the roots, so your peacock plant dies.
A trip to the hairdresser: As the plants grow, the oldest of the leaves will continuously wither and give up their space in order for new shoots to grow. It is perfectly natural, but you should remove the withered leaves continuously so that the plant can spend its energy on the fresh and new leaves.
Humidity: Peacock plants love high humidity levels and slightly moist soil. If you have a bathroom with plenty of light, your peacock plant will love to grow here. Alternatively, you can give it a bath with an spray bottle and if you want to treat them real good, use rainwater or distilled water. The "hard" tap water contains a lot of lime and minerals that peacock plants do not necessarily love.