Maranta | 'Red Prayer'

Asch Building

$10
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Origin: Brazil

Height: Up to 12 inches (30 cm)

Light: Prayer plants grow best with bright, indirect light from an east- or north-facing window. It also grows well under fluorescent light. Keep plant out of direct sun; strong sunlight will cause the leaves to fade. 

Water: Keep soil evenly moist spring through summer, slightly drier in winter.

Humidity: Requires moist air. Brown leaf tips are a sign that the air is too dry. Try to maintain at least 50% relative humidity year-round. 

Temperature: Average to warm (65-80°F/18-27°C) year-round

Soil: Peat-rich potting mix

Fertilizer: Feed with a water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half every 2 weeks spring through fall.

Propagation: In spring, take 4-inch (10 cm) stem cuttings with 3-4 leaves attached. Root them in moist potting mix. When your plant gets too big, you can easily divide it in half by pulling apart its shallow roots.