Maranta leuconeura

Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana

  • Aka: prayer plant
  • Origin: Brazil – non-toxic
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Temperature: 18-30°C, Hardiness: 11-12 Humidity: 50-70%

Closely related to the Calathea, the Maranta leaves are generally oval with many various patterns and colour varieties, but all have the same characteristic of folding its leaves upwards at sunset and opening up again in the morning a.k.a. prayer plant.

Likes bright filtered light and normal to high humidity and well-draining soil that can dry out a little between each watering. The leaves have a slight rosemary fragrance to them. Common problems are curling leaves which often means low humidity; brown dry leaves is either too much light, or the soil is too dry; yellowing leaves is often caused by soggy soil or inconsistent watering.

Prone to cold draughts

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