Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura is part of the Marantaceae family and are native to Brazil. The leaves close upward at night in a manner resembling praying hands, hence the common name of 'Prayer plant'. These plants are low-growing and spreading.
Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot
Secrets of success
Temperature: Ideally 15-26°C. This plant will suffer in the cold.
Light: Bright indirect light to semi-shade.
Watering: Keep potting mix moist at all times, reduce watering in winter.
Air humidity: Moderate to high humidity. Higher humidity can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing the plant on a watered pebble tray.
Potting mix: Preferably a soil based, well-draining mix.
Fertiliser: Feed with a balanced liquid houseplant fertiliser; water with fertiliser every month during the summer and every 8-10 weeks in autumn and winter.
This plant is non-toxic.
How do you care for a Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant”?
Care for your Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” by keeping it away from hot or cold drafts, and never below temperatures of 21ºC. The colours of Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” leaves will fade in direct sunlight so keep it in partial shade. A well lit but sunless spot is great for winter. Compost should be kept moist at all times but reduce watering a little during winter. Use soft-tepid water when watering the Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant”. It loves humid environments so mist the leaves regularly.
When should you repot a Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant”?
Repot your Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” every one to two years and wait until spring if there are no signs of root rot or wilted foliage.
Why is the Maranta Tricolour called a “Prayer Plant”
The Maranta Tricolour is often called a “Prayer Plant” due to the fact that it’s leaves fold upward together at night, like praying hands.
Is the Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” a Calathea?
The Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” is part of the Maranta group of plants that contains four closely related members - Maranta, Calathea, Ctenanthe and Stromanthe. They all have a similar outstanding feature in their leaves where their veins are coloured white on a background of blotches ranging from green to almost black. All plants in the Maranta group have the same warmth and humidity requirements but the Calathea range are much more difficult to care for, thriving better in terrariums or a bottle garden.
Why is my Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” not closing?
If the Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” has been in direct sunlight for too long it’s leaves may start to droop and their colours may fade. This will make it hard for the plant to close at night. Maranta Tricolour “Prayer Plant” will also not fully open if there is not enough light during the day.