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Prayer Plant

Maranta spp.

Also known as

Maranta

Maranta leuconeura Marisela kz1 by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

70cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Prayer Plant
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Maranta sp
A photo of Prayer Plant
A photo of Prayer Plant

Overview

Maranta is a genus of around 37 species of rhizomatous, evergreen perennials in the Marantaceae family. They are native to tropical regions of Central to Southern America and the West Indies. Some species are cultivated for their large, oval-shaped, colourful and strikingly veined leaves, and their habit of curling their leaves up at night, leading to the common name, Prayer plant. They are usually grown as houseplants in cool climates.

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed when ripe, at a temperature between 13-18 degrees Celcius.

Division

Divide in spring. Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.

Cuttings

Can be easily propagated from stem cuttings - simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, ensuring the cutting includes a node. Allow the wound to close and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant