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Maranta Red Prayer Plant

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana

$38.00 $48.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

The Maranta Red Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura) has its own internal clock exemplified in its daily rhythm. It lifts its leaves in the evening and lowers them in the morning, mimicking praying hands. The broad, oval leaves have two-color variegated spots with red veining on the top side and a reddish color on the bottom side, making it very festive to enjoy in any home or office.
Maranta Red Prayer Plant
Maranta Red Prayer Plant

About Maranta Red Prayer Plant

You would think this plant had muscles and tendons with the way the leaves move up and down depending on the time of day it is! An organ at the leaves' base produces swelling and shrinkage due to water passing into the cells. This horticulture phenomenon syncs with a rhythmic biological cycle recurring every 24 hours to create this movement in their leaves.

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

This plant requires a little extra care.

Pet Friendly: Yes

Safe to be around pets.


Tropical forests of Brazil

Fun Facts

This beauty got its name from the Italian physician and botanist in the 16th century, bartolomeo Maranta

According to Feng Shui principles, they bring a life energy into your home.

Marantas are a symbol of gratitude, therefore making an appropriate 'thank you' gift!

Maranta Red Prayer Plant

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people who like variety and variegated leaves
  • Great for people who love the tropical vibe
  • Great for people who love rainforests
Maranta Red Prayer Plant

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana Care Guide

  • Medium

    Medium to bright indirect light. Never direct sunlight.

  • Medium

    Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough to discharge out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot. Don't let the roots sit in standing water. Keep the soil consistently moist. During winter months, reduce watering while it's in dormancy.

  • High

    Enjoys medium humidity. Add a pebble tray or humidifier to keep the humidity around it. Spritz it a couple times per week.

  • 60 to 75

    This plant likes warmer temperatures. Keep it out of cold drafts.

  • 11|12

    Gardeners can grow these Prayer Plants as a ground cover in the outdoors in this plant hardiness zones 11-12.

  • Every two weeks

    Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) by diluting a liquid fertilizer by half strength. Let the plant rest in the fall and winter.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the plant, do not re-pot immediately but wait at least 6 to 12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.
    Re-pot in the spring, using a 2" wider shallow pot. Use a well-draining, aerated indoor potting soil with perlite.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to the soil and allow it to drain. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

  • Monthly

    Remove any brown edges with a trim and keep the soil free of debris.

  • Cuttings|Division


    To propagate this plant during the growing season, take a stem cutting in the early spring. Use a knife or sharp pruners, cut below a node closest to the end of the stem. Place the stem in a glass jar and fill it with filtered water and watch the roots grow! Replace and freshen the water each week. After the roots are several months old, add it to moistened potting soil, continue to water, and give it the bright, indirect lighting requirements. Add a clear plastic bag over the pot to retain humidity while the stem roots.

    Soil propagation includes dipping the cutting in hormone stimulator and placing in prepared rich, well-draining, moist (but not soggy) soil with plenty of aeration. Keep the soil moist for approximately four weeks until roots begin to grow. You can tug slightly on the stalk to see if roots are grabbing and holding after this time. Provide it bright, indirect light to acquire the photosynthesis for growth to occur.



    Remove the plant from the pot. Hold the base and turn upside down with your palm securely holding the plant. Gingerly pull the pot off the root base. Separate the plant into halves or thirds by pulling apart the roots or using a sterilized knife. Repot each in new well-draining aerated soil. Use a smaller, shallow pot for each portion. Fill each with soil, leaving an inch below the soil edge to eliminate water spillage. Water and let drain well.

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