Maranta has the most charming foliage. It is commonly known as a prayer plant because the leaves have an unusual habit: they are able to close up at night! The process is called nyctinasty and the purpose of it is to catch as much light as possible, then close for protection as the light fades. Maranta is named after an Italian botanist, Bartolomeo Maranta. They are related to Calathea house plants, which also have attractive foliage. Relatively easy to look after. Can survive in near-freezing temperatures, although the foliage will die off, ready to re-sprout during spring.
- Keep in fairly bright light, but not in direct sunlight.
- Maintain the soil moist with regular watering, but do not let it become soggy. Use filtered, distilled or rainwater ideally. Using a Sustee Moisture Meter stick helps to figure out how much moisture is in the soil so you don’t under or overwater.
- Prefers to be kept at a minimum temperature of around 13 º C or higher.
- Likes high humidity. Can be mounted on a tray of damp gravel in order to raise humidity levels. Or better yet set up a humidifier to maintain plant's gorgeous foliage.
- Fertilise monthly while actively growing with 1/4 strength of balanced fertilizer. Flush the soil several times per year to wash out accumulated salts.
- Prune old or yellowed leaves.
- Repot only when root-bound. Choose potting mix with good drainage. To repot this plant, you will need 1 pack of For My Plants potting mix for the most loved houseplants.
- Pet friendly.
Height of the plant - 25 cm. Diameter of the pot - 12 cm. Sustee size S.
Height of the plant is measured from the base of the pot to the top of the plant. Diameter of the pot is measured at the top part of it.