Maranta leuconeura -The Prayer plant
The Maranta leuconeura species has some of the most strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves in the plant kingdom.The plant gets its common name from the fact that its leaves stay flat during the day and then fold up like praying hands at night The popular tricolor variety has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins
How to Grow Prayer Plants
Maranta are all fairly low-growing, spreading plants with none reaching over eight inches tall, making them excellent for grouped displays of plants on a windowsill. They thrive best when provided with greenhouse-like conditions: warm, moist, gentle airflow, and plenty of fertilizer. Plants that are kept too cool or too dry are likely to lose their leaves or suffer from fungal infections that will cause the plant to die from root rot or collapse. Plants that are exposed to too much sun are likely to become washed out and develop brown blotches on their leaves.
You can hang or set your prayer plant near a window where it will receive indirect sunlight. Never set your plant in direct sunlight because the sun will scorch the plant’s leaves or the leaves will develop blotches or patches and fade in color intensity. The plant is generally tolerant of lower light areas. In the winter, when the plants go into dormancy (and sometimes die back completely), provide them with bright light to maintain growth.
This plant prefers acid soil. Use a peat-based potting mix with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0 or mix two parts sphagnum peat moss, one part loamy soil, and one part perlite or coarse sand together. It is best to purchase clean, pre-packaged materials that have been commercially processed and are free of insects and weed seeds.
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 become dry. These plants are very susceptible to drought; however, to avoid fungal problems, do not let water sit directly on the leaves or let the plant get soggy. Insufficient water and over watering can cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop from the plant. When watering, use water that is at least at room temperature if not slightly warm. In the winter months, reduce watering.
Temperature and Humidity
A prayer plant prefers normal household temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures can damage the leaves. Prayer plants prefer a very humid environment and the humidity in homes is often too low. Use one of the following methods to increase humidity levels: place a small humidifier or bowl of water near the plant, fill a tray with small stones and add water just to the level of the stones and place the pot on top of the stones, or mist the leaves with room temperature or warm water.
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. If you use too little fertilizer, your plant will grow slowly or hardly at all. Too much fertilizer can burn the roots—leaves will start to brown and you can even kill the plant. Reduce fertilizing to once a month or so in the winter.
Potting and Re-potting
You should not need to repot your prayer plant often. But, if it becomes root-bound or pot-bound, it will grow much slower. If you repot, choose a pot that is only one to two inches wider than the existing pot. During repotting, gently remove the plant from its container, shake roots clean, and place the plant into a new container with fresh potting soil. Water well. The best time to repot is in the spring before the growing season starts.
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
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color : White
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|PLANT SIZE (excluding pot size)||1.5 to 2.5 feet (please accept a deviation of +/- 5%)|
|POT SIZE||5.5 inches in dia|
|POT COLOUR AND MATERIAL||White/ Plastic pot Ceramic finishing (can be customized as per requirement)|
|NOTE||Above pics are for reference purpose only.|
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