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Prayer Plant

Botanical Name
Maranta leuconeura
Hardiness
Zones 11 to 12
Height
6 to 12 inches
Width
6 to 12 inches
Light
Moderate indirect light, avoid direct sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Keep soil consistently moist during the growing season then reduce moisture fall thru winter
  • Requires humidity, place pot atop a few pebbles in a saucer
    • This keeps the pot out of standing water while increasing the humidity around the plant as the water in the saucer evaporates
  • Sensitive to fluoride and chlorine in tap water
  • Moderate to indirect light
    • Scorched and brown spots in direct light
    • Pale leaves, less colorful when it doesn't receive sufficient light
  • Propagate by division or stem cuttings in spring
Problems
Spider mites, mealybugs, root rot in soggy potting mixes
Varieties
  • Green Prayer Plant (M. leuconeura) - classic variety, green leaves with purple spots
  • Black Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura var. leuconeura) - silver-blue leaves with purple spots and olive green margins
  • Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura) - very attractive, green leaves with purple markings and red veins
  • Marisela - dark green leaves with darker green markings and lighter green veins
  • Kim - green leaves marked with purple spots and white streaks

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