Maranta Red Prayer

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

$44.95

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Medium Grower Pot $44.95 Monday, December 12th

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Description

 

Also known as the Prayer Plant, this is a member of the genus native to the tropics of the Americas. It gets its name from the nastic movement of its leaves they stay flat during the daytime and fold up like praying hands at night time. The Maranta Leuconera has some of the vivid, eye-catching, and beautiful leaves among houseplants. This particular variety has red veins in a herringbone style crossing the bright green leaves with lighter shades in the center and on the underside.

Tips

They do best in temperatures of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and have very particular requirements for their waterings – the soil must be moist at all times but not overly soggy, this helps avoid fungal diseases and root rot.

What’s Included

  • A healthy plant in its pot with soil
  • All the tips and tricks for plant care

Please Note: The pot shown in the pictures may be for inspiration purposes only and does not mean the plant will come with the pot pictured. All plants are shipped in a plastic grower pot unless otherwise stated/chosen.

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Plant Facts

Lighting Requirements

Your Calathea will thrive in a spot with medium light to bright indirect light – keeping it in front of an east, west, or north window is preferable. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves of the plant and cause its colors to fade.

Watering Needs

To help your Calathea thrive, water it thoroughly and then allow the top inch of soil to dry out a bit until the next watering session. Underwatering the plant and letting it stay dry for too long can result in brown leaf tips and fringes. Overwatering the plant can cause the plant to droop and it will take time to recover.

Humidity

Like other tropical houseplants, your Calathea Medallion likes high humidity. Any brown fringes on the leaves hint at dry air and low humidity. Keep the plant happy by misting the leaves two times a week with regular room temperature water.

Temperature Preferences

They do best between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Indoor temperatures should be at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid drafts, cross-winds and any sudden temperature fluctuations.

Fertilizer

To help the plant flourish, a general houseplant fertilizer should be used once every 4 weeks in the spring and summer. Fertilizer is not needed in winter as plant growth slows down during this period.

Pet-Friendly

Calathea are considered to be non-toxic to humans, cats, and dogs.

Extra Care

Tap water with dissolved salts, chlorine, and fluoride can lead to burning of the tips and fringes, and slight yellowing of your Calathea Medallion’s leaves. If you do not have access to a filtration system, let the tap water stand uncovered overnight to allow the chlorine and fluoride to dissipate and evaporate. Any completely yellowed leaves should be removed to allow the plant to focus on new foliage and keep growing. Use a damp cloth to clean the leaves regularly and don’t use any special shine or gloss products.