Maranta Plant

Scientific name : “Maranta leuconeura”

Maranta is the type-genus of Marantaceae and is named in honor of Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian physician and botanist of the 16th century who organized his knowledge of botanical pharmacology by nomenclature, species identification, and medicinal properties.

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Maranta is the type-genus of Marantaceae and is named in honor of Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian physician and botanist of the 16th century who organized his knowledge of botanical pharmacology by nomenclature, species identification, and medicinal properties. ‘Prayer plant’ is a colloquial term that refers to members of genus Maranta, to which genus Calathea is closely-related. In reality, both are considered to be ‘prayer-plants.’ The name comes from the tendency of plants in this family to droop, or ‘pray’ at night. Some of the most popular prayer-plants in cultivation are Maranta leuconeura or M. leuconeura ‘Tricolor.’ Many species of Maranta produce rosmarinic acid, one of the active components of rosemary that give it the characteristic rosemary scent. Water every 1–2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Marantas can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using. 

Maranta Plants feature unique foliage with feathered, painterly-like veins. The bold foliage makes them perfect for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color. Maranta’s or  Prayer Plants get their name from the way the leaves fold in the evening, resembling hands folded in prayer.

Sunlight – It is recommended to place the plant in indirect sunlight because the  direct sunlight will scorch the plant’s leaves or the leaves will develop blotches or patches and fade in color intensity. 

Watering –  During their growing season, water your plant frequently (whenever the top layer becomes dry) and never allow the potting soil to dry out completely. These plants are very susceptible to drought and will not survive long if left unwatered.

Plant Care – Prolonged lower temperatures can damage the leaves and cause them to drop from the plant. Fertilize your prayer plant every two weeks from early spring through fall (reducing to once a month in winter) with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer diluted to half-strength. 

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