Variegated Maranta Kerchoveana – The Cutting Shop
P&P is included in the price, shipped separate to potted plant and dry goods, sent bare root.
This will be a 3 leaf rooted plant – Chef’s choice, will vary from picture slightly.
Variegated maranta is also commonly known as a prayer plant or praying hands. The maranta family are native to Brazilian tropical forests. The variegated maranta is an easy care plant, it has light green oval leaves with dark markings on either side of the central vein that look similar to those of rabbit tracks and each leaf has its own random white variegation, on some leaves you will get pink instead of the dark markings but they will fade from brown or pink to a dark green as the leaves mature. This plant is commonly known as the prayer plant due to the position it moves it’s leaves to in the evening, going from open and flat to up high and closed, like praying hands. It is a striking plant and a brilliant one to add to your plant collection. Maranta can grow to 10-12 inches high and as wide as 18 inches. This is a fast growing plant when it is happy.
Non toxic to animals and humans.
Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for.West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny window.
Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.
Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type sensitive – Try not to use water straight from the tap because this plant is extremely sensitive. You can use filtered water, rain water or tap water which has been sat out for at least 24 hours to allow some of the chemicals to evaporate.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.