Oct 092015
 

Maranta spp.
How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular plant. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

Slow growing clumping plant with interestingly patterned leaves which look wonderful in exotically patterned long pots. Two or three pots lining a rectangular pot look fabulous gracing a low coffee table. They get their common name Prayer Plant from their habit of folding up their leaves at night.

Watering
Allow the top centimetre of potting mix to dry out in between watering over the warmer months and allow to almost fully dry out in between watering in the cooler months. Ensure pots are never sitting in water. In winter water with tepid or room temperature water.

Light
Moderately bright indirect light. Avoid any direct light.

Temperature and Humidity
Prayer Plants are better kept above 15C. They do like raised humidity, so keep plants away from ducts and outlets as both heating and air-conditioning reduce humidity. Ideally group indoor plants together as this helps create islands of humidity. Regular misting or a room humidifier helps, as does putting pots on feet or pebbles to ensure free drainage and allowing water to collect underneath.

Fertilising
An annual application of slow release fertiliser in spring is sufficient.

Maintenance
Shower or mist leaves to keep them dust free and attractive. Remove old and tatty leaves at the base.

Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.

THey are slow growing, so repotting is generally only needed every few years or so. Use a good quality all purpose potting mix.

Problems
Generally trouble free.