Maranta are spectacularly variegated ornamental houseplants. Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana also known as Rabbit’s Foot has wonderful foliage, the leaves are light grey-green with darker green patches on either side of the central vein. The leaf undersides are a uniform silvery green.
Often referred to as Prayer Plants, along with their closely related cousins Calathea, Maranta leaves have the unusual characteristic of lying flat during the day and then closing upwards at night as if in prayer.
Light: Maranta grow best in bright light, but will tolerate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water: Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over-water or allow the plant to sit in soggy conditions. Watering with soft, lukewarm water is recommended.
Temperature: Average to warm temperatures from 18-27°C but can cope with as low as 15°C. Avoid draughts.
Humidity: Increased humidity levels are a must. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Brown leaf tips are a tell-tale sign that the surrounding air is too dry.
Feed: Apply a balanced fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season. View Plant Nutrition
Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 30cm and slow growing.
Origin: Brazilian Rainforest.
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