Maranta Care Guide

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Maranta Care Guide

Native to tropical Brazil, Marantas, commonly known as prayer plants, love a warm, humid, and moist environment to live in. With a gentle airflow and enough fertilizer, your Maranta can grow as tall as a foot in height as a houseplant. This plant is known for it's deep green colors and decorative leaves. It is also known for laying it's leaves flat during the day and standing straight up at night, which is where they get their nickname Prayer Plant. 

  • Light

Your Prayer Plant will appreciate an indirect spot in medium to bright light. They are tolerate of low-light but in the winter months try to place it in a brighter spot so it will continue to grow. Always avoid direct sunlight.

  • Water

Your Maranta will appreciate consistently moist soil. When the top layer of the soil dries out give it a nice drink. They do not like to dry out and will not tolerate it. 

  • Humidity & Temp

Just like their cousin, Calatheas, your Maranta love a warm and humid environment. Misting frequently, having a humidifier close by, or using a pebble tray are ways to increase your humidity so your Maranta thrives. Keep temperature between 60 and 80 degrees F. 

  • Soil
Almost any well-draining potting mix will be sufficient for your Maranta. Our go-to recommendation for a high-quality soil that’s fast draining is Fox Farms Ocean Forest.
  • Fertilizer

Your Prayer Plant appreciates a generous amount of fertilizer during their growing season. From early spring through fall, fertilize your Maranta every two weeks. When winter comes, scale down to once a month. 


  • Pet Friendly? 

Yes, Marantas are pet friendly! But to keep a healthy and happy plant try to avoid it getting eaten by pets or children

  • Why is my Prayer Plant moving?
This movement is called nyctnastic movement which are plant movements in response to darkness.  We aren't sure why this happens but it may be to protect the plant.

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