Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana are native to the tropical Americas, particularly Brazil Rainforests. The leaves have a habit of lying flat during the day and folding in an erect position at night, hence the common name “prayer plant”.
They should be trimmed once or twice a year in order to keep its vigor. Repotting should only be done if the plant out-grows its container, usually once every two years. Use a soil-based potting mix. Move Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana into containers one size larger in spring. Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana do not have a deep root system and grow well in shallow pans or half-pots.
They like to be watered regularly with filtered water so the soil stays moist. Don’t use hard water as these plants are sensitive to fluoride in tap water, which can cause brown leaf tips. Water plentifully as much as necessary to keep the soil thoroughly moist in active growing period. Empty the plant saucers after watering, to avoid that stagnant water could damage the roots. During the winter rest period water sparingly, allowing the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings. Brown leaf tips may be an indication of spider mites (see above) or may mean the air is too dry. Remove the dead leaves, and mist the plant regularly. Yellowing, curled or spotted leaves may indicate under watering. Limp stems indicate over watering, particularly in winter.
Although this houseplant is somewhat tolerant of low light conditions, it does best in bright, indirect sunlight.
This is natural air purifier and is non-toxic to cats and dogs.
A Single Maranta Kerchoviana in a 15cm plastic nursery pot.