Maranta Plant Care Guide
Firstly, it is extremely important to know the origin of a plant so you know how to best care for it once you take it home with you.
In this case, the Maranta belongs to the Prayer Plant family which is composed of around 550 species of perennial plants. These are native to moist or swampy tropical forests, particularly in Brasil, but also in other African and Asian countries.
This stunning looking plant is characterised by its deep green, oval-shaped leaves but especially its striking vibrant pink veins.
So then, how do you take care of a Maranta?
WELL WATEREDWater your Maranta a 2-3 times a week so the soil is moist during growing season (Spring/Summer) and 1-2 times a week during dormant season (Autumn/Winter)
INDIRECT SUNLIGHTMarantas will not do well in bright and direct sunlight. Swap bright windows for the coffee table so it is in a spot that receives indirect and diffused light.
PET FRIENDLYMarantas are well rounded plants to have at home. Besides from being beautiful and not too fussy, they are also pet friendly.
ORGANIC FERTILISERDuring growing season (Spring/Summer) your Maranta will enjoy a very gentle fertiliser, therefore, we recommend an organic fertiliser that you can dilute.
Marantas are native to moist or swampy tropical forests, therefore, they need its soil to be moist, but not soggy, at all times. Water thoroughly and allow any excess to drain out the bottom so it gets a good drink!
During growing season, Spring and Summer, we recommend you to water your Maranta 2-3 times a week. Reduce the watering to 1-2 times a week in Autumn and Winter months.
This plant loves high levels of humidity. You can achieve this by misting its leaves with tepid water using a Haws mister, and can also place it on a humidity tray. Remember not to leave it sitting on water as this will cause root rot.
Marantas are not fans of hard mineral water, so we recommend you to use distilled or rain water for misting and watering them.
Tip: If you have a balcony or garden you can leave a container outdoors to catch rain water.
If we want to keep your Maranta leaves as beautiful and healthy, you need to find the perfect spot for it to call home.
Marantas are known for not enjoying direct sunlight or even bright indirect sunlight, it can burn their leaves and turn them yellow. It still needs enough diffused light to stimulate photosynthesis so make sure that you place it at least 5 feet from a sunny window. It will thrive on the coffee table or perhaps in one of our macrame hangers as a statement piece.
One of the things that we always say in our shop is that plants are always telling us what they need. We only need to look at them to understand what they are saying. In this particular case, if you see that your Maranta's leaves are losing colour or the tips are turning yellow, move it to a dimmer space.
Sometimes, finding a non toxic plant for home can be a bit challenging. Well, good news for pet owners! Marantas are non toxic indoor plants and therefore, your furry friends are completely safe around them.
Other non toxic, pet friendly, plants include: Pilea Peperomioides, Kentia Palms, Calatheas and Ceropegia Woodiis.
As mentioned before, plants let us know when they are thirsty and when they are not happy in their spot at home. However, it is not so obvious when they need to be fertilised. Yes, there are subtle signs, like slow growth for example, but for many plant parents this can easily go unnoticed.
In this case, instead of waiting for a signal from our plants, it is better to feed them during their growing cycle; Spring and Summer.
Marantas can be sensitive so we recommend to use an organic fertiliser as it is milder. However, if you have a balanced water soluble fertiliser at home, dilute it to half its strength.
Tip: When you are fertilising your Maranta, keep an eye on its leaves. If they start to brown, that means that you are using too much fertiliser.
We hope that you found these tips useful!
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