Prayer plant

Did you know? M. leuconeura leaves are flat by day and folded up as the day comes to an end, hence the common name "prayer plant ».
Common name : Prayer plant
Scientific name : Maranta spp.
Family : Marantaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Indoor
Indoor
Small pots
Small pots
Maranta - the prayer plant - is a genus of flowering plants in the family Marantaceae native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies, with about 40-50 species. They are rhizome perennials with oval, evergreen leaves, and small flowers with three petals and two larger petal-like staminodes. Some species such as Maranta leuconeura (prayer plant) and M. arundinacea are grown as common houseplants.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 12b
Height 10 - 30
pH 6 - 6.7

Plant my prayer plant

Plant all year round in a mixture of fibrous soil, dry leaves and sand at the bottom - no peat, it is a protected resource. Find a pot of at least three liters with a cup, and place it in a damp place, not bright but without direct sun, between 17 and 21 ° C.

Water my prayer plant

The marant requires water, the clod must always be wet. Water it every two days during the growing season. In winter, space the waterings. From time to time, clean the leaves with non-calcareous water, to repel red spiders.

Take care of my prayer plant

In dry weather, spray your plant with water not too hard, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful and you will protect it from red spiders - its main enemy!

Prune my prayer plant

Let the yellowed leaves dry naturally before pulling them off.

Fertilize my prayer plant

In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. You can also add slow release fertilizer pellets to the soil mix when planting or repotting. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.

Repot my prayer plant

At the end of winter every 2 years, repot your plant in a slightly larger pot, adding sand, dry leaves and Heather earth.

Propagate my prayer plant

The marant is multiplied by tuft division during repotting. Select vigorous rhizomes with several leaves, cut them away with a clean knife, and replant in a bucket filled with moist potting soil. Place it in translucide freezer bags, to keep them moist, in a black room, at 17 ° C, for a week. When the roots are formed, plant them in the usual mixture.

Check on my prayer plant

Check the leaves: if they are yellowing on the back, it is an attack of red spiders, clean with fresh water. If the leaves turn brown, dry out and curl, the air is too dry, or watering is not important enough. If the leaves are paling, your plant receives too much light.

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