Maranta Leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
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Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
About Plant- The Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a low-growing native of American tropics. The plant gets its common name from the fact that its leaves stay flat during the day, then fold up like praying hands at night. The Maranta leuconeura species has some of the most strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves in the plant kingdom. The popular tricolor variety has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins.
|Botanical Name||Maranta leuconeura|
|Common Name||Maranta or prayer plant|
|Plant Type||Evergreen perennial|
|Mature Size||12 inches tall with leaves that are 6 inches long|
|Sun Exposure||Bright, indirect sunlight|
|Soil Type||Rich, well-draining|
|Soil pH||5.5 to 6.0|
|Hardiness Zones||11, 12|
Central and South America, West Indies
Prayer Plant Care
Light- Prayer plant houseplant is somewhat tolerant of low light conditions, it does best in bright, indirect sunlight.
Soil- This plant prefers acidic soil. Use a peat-based potting mix with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0. You can also use a general-purpose houseplant potting soil, as long as it is well-draining.
Water- During the growing season, water frequently and never allow the potting soil to dry out. Water the prayer plant when the top of the potting soil is just starting to get dry. In the winter months, reduce watering.
Temperature and Humidity- A prayer plant prefers normal household temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Prayer plants prefer a very humid environment and the humidity in homes is often too low. Increase the humidity by grouping plants together.
Fertilizer- Fertilize your prayer plant every two weeks from early spring through fall. Dilute a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer (10-10-10) to half strength.
Repotting- During repotting, gently remove the plant from its old container, shake roots clean, and place into a new container with fresh potting soil.
Propagating- Propagating prayer plants is surprisingly easy. Maranta Plant can be propagated by stem cuttings or rhizome division.