How to Take Care of a Maranta Plant

The Maranta plant is also called the prayer plant. The name itself is already pretty, right?

Out of all the houseplants I own, I think the Maranta plant is the most tricky plant to take care of.

Here are some tips on how to grow a Maranta plant.

1. Light

The Maranta plant doesn’t require a lot of bright light, and it absolutely hates direct sunlight. Their leaves get sun burned very easily. Even when you place it in a brightly lit area, their leaves seem to get yellow and droop. It doesn’t look so happy. So I would highly recommend placing it in an area with medium light.

2. Water

Most experts say to water your Maranta plant every other week. I tried to do that, but my plant seemed to not do so well. Then I tried to water them once/week and it started to look so much better. It is best to test your plant to see which option they like best.  Maranta plants should be kept moist, but not soggy.

One thing you need to remember, the Maranta plant is different than other plants when it comes to the temperature of the water you water them with. Make sure the water isn’t too cold – maybe around room temperature.

During the winter, the plant can be harder to take care of because of the dry air, but you can place the plant with several other houseplants to create more humid conditions.

I found that misting daily helps the plants stay fresh.

3. Fertilizer

With every houseplant, I fertilize them once every 1.5 months during the winter. I would fertilize them once/month during other seasons.

Many of you might ask, “what is fertilization?” Unlike trees, or outdoor plants, houseplants grow in pots with limited soil. The nutrients are limited as well. That is why fertilizing is a must. Because fertilizer for indoor plants is typically mixed with water, I fertilize and water my plants at the same time.

I use Miracle-Gro water soluble all purpose plant food. You can get them at anywhere for under $3. I got mine from Amazon. It can last you for years since you only need 1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 gallon of water. Mix the fertilizer with the water very well. Then, just water the plants as you would normally. Make sure the water drains through the bottom of the pot to indicate the soil is soaked through.

Also, something to note: Try to use filtered water instead of tap water because tap water contains some chemicals which aren’t good for the plants.

4. Propagation

Once your plant grows bigger,  you can cut a branch with nodes on it and place it in a water cup (make sure to change the water twice/week). It takes about 2 months for the nodes to start growing roots. I put some perlite into the cup with the cuttings, and saw that it helped the roots grow faster. I’m not so sure why… I also tried this with different plant propagation processes and noticed a huge difference.

Remember that some leaves from the branch will start to get yellow or dry up, you can just cut them off. As long as the nodes are starting to grow roots, it should be fine.

After the roots grow you can plant them in a pot with indoor potting mix. Isn’t that cool?

That is it beautifuls! Comment below if you have any questions ❤

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