How to Grow Maranta leuconeura: Care Tips, Common Problems and Where to Buy

Published on April 17th 2021
by CandideUK (All rights reserved)
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Discover Maranta leuconeura care tips.

Herringbone Plant, Herringbone Maranta, Maranta Tricolour
Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura is a clump-forming evergreen perennial with wow-factor patterned leaves. It is also known commonly by the names Herringbone plant, Prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura 'Tricolor' and Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator'. This showy ornamental has large, dark green, oval leaves which fade to an olive green towards the margins. But the real draw is the deep red splotches.
Whether you're looking to add some lush greenery or looking to make a design statement, Maranta leuconeura is a great choice and sure to be the envy of your Instagram followers.
This natural variant originates from the tropical rainforest floor of Southern America. It is commonly grown as a house plant for its attractively coloured and patterned foliage. Leaves are oval-shaped, dark olive green in colour, with a bright green central zone and attractive red venation and midribs. Delicate purple and white flowers are very short-lived, usually opening and closing within a day.
It has a clumping habit and is frost-tender, so keep it in places above freezing temperatures. Place in a position of indirect, partial sunlight and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results. This plant has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

How do you care for a Maranta leuconeura?

Light: Place in bright, indirect light. Colours will fade in bright light, so best to avoid exposing those beautiful leaves to direct sunlight.
Water: Use tepid water (rainwater if possible) and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Remember to hold back on watering as often in winter.
Humidity: Mist the leaves, group with other plants (though Marant will hog the limelight), or sit on a pebble tray to maintain optimum humidity levels.
Repot once every two years, or keep an eye on the bottom of your pot. When you notice the roots poking out the bottom, it's time for a bigger pot.

How to propagate Maranta leuconeura

Avoid disturbing your plant twice by dividing your plant when you repot it. Keep the plantlets somewhere warm until they establish themselves.

Common Maranta leuconeura problems

Too much light can cause leaves to burn and dry out.
Too much water can result in root rot. Learn the best way to water plants here.
Pests such as spider mites and thrips commonly infest Prayer Plants.
Learn more about common house plant problems and how to identify them here:

Where to buy Maranta leuconeura

Explore all Maranta leuconeura from independent growers here.
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