As long as you meet the needs of your prayer plant, it is easy to care for. It is a tropical plant that requires water, humidity, and temperature.
Surry Hills florist and gardeners love the strikingly beautiful maranta leaf. The maranta plant has large oval leaves that can vary in color depending on its variety. The maranta plant is a rainforest native that blooms in spring with small white flowers. Although this is rare indoors, the stunning foliage more than makes up for it.
There are 4 types of prayer-plants
Sometimes, the term “prayer plants” can be used interchangeably to refer to both maranta and the calathea species. They are closely related because the Marantaceae family also includes the calathea genus.
Maranta leuconeura ‘Erythroneura’ (Red Prayer Plant)
The red prayer plant, also known as herringbone or red prayer plant, has dark green leaves and a light-colored spine. There are many shades of red in the arching veins. It grows 6-8 inches tall and has tiny lavender flowers.
Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Massangeana’ (Black Prayer Plant)
Black prayer-plants are a subspecies of “massangeana.” They are distinguished by their silvery-blue foliage with dark olive green edges and purple spots. It is small and white with tiny flowers that can grow up to 11 inches in height.
Maranta leuconeura ‘Kerchoveana’ (Green Prayer Plant)
This is a classic variety that can be used as a houseplant. The leaves are green with purple veins. This variety has fewer veins and is known for large green spots that resemble animal tracks (hence its common name, “rabbit track plants”).
Calathea Ornata, Pinstripe Calathea
This prayer plant is native to South America’s Colombia and Venezuela. The plant’s unique design is reflected in the contrast of its dark green leaves and its stripes which are very light. Pinstripe calathea are usually indoor plants.
Care Tips for Prayer Plants
The prayer plant’s leaves can be scorched by direct sunlight or their color may fade. These care guidelines will help to keep your plant healthy. If there is not enough light, the leaves will not fully open during daylight. Winter light should be brighter, but still indirect or dampened.
Water: Prayer plants need to be watered frequently. The soil should be kept moist, but not wet. Use warm water to water your plants. Reduce watering during winter, but don’t let the soil dry completely.
The container should be wide and shallow with drainage holes. Root rot is possible because of its small roots. Both the container and planting medium must drain well. Good drainage can be achieved by using a mixture of peat moss, loam, and sand in your planting medium.
These plants thrive in tropical environments. Daily misting can provide your plant with the humidity it requires. A container of water can be placed near the plant to increase the humidity.
Fluoride is a problem for prayer-plants, so avoid hard water.
Temperature: These tropical plants grow best in warm temperatures, between 65 and 70 °F. They cannot handle extreme temperatures. The leaves may turn brown if they are too hot. The leaves could be damaged if they are subject to temperatures below 55 degrees F. They will then shrink and become brown.