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Questions About Maranta Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 1, 2011

Q. Large, Furry Maranta

I have a large, furry-leaved version of a Maranta (I think – I am sadly far from green fingered!) It looks like the red-veined Maranta, but without the red, and the leaves are at leastĀ four times the size.

It has taken to sprouting very high, one stem from each cluster of leaves appearing to start a new cluster, at leaf height. Each now has what appears to be a knuckle, with a new set of leaves and a small white flower from it. I am assuming I need to plant these, but I have no clue where to cut the stem. Once cut, would they need rooting hormone, or simply to be put in water for a few days?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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Cut right below those knuckles but make sure that each cutting has at least two knuckles. Remove the leaves from the lower knuckle. This is where the roots will grow from.

If you are going to root in water, you don't need any hormone. If you will be rooting in soil, I would recommend using rooting hormone for that.

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Asked by
mrg on
May 6, 2011

Q. preventing tips on maranta

My maranta is growing nicely, but tends to get dry light brown tips. How do you prevent this?

Answered by
Heather on
May 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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It needs more humidity. They need high humidity otherwise they start to brown and die at the tips. You can set it on a pebble tray with water to help increase its humidity or you can mist it a few times a week.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 22, 2011

Q. Maranta Plant Problem

A few month ago I started to grow Maranta plant. It grows pretty well, giving new leaves and new shoots, but some the leaves got yellow spots and some getting dry at the edge. Trying to keep moist, I planted Maranta in the bowl with soil conditioned for terrarium, and covered soil with moss. Every morning I mist bowl walls and moss with room temperature water. Occasionally I check soil moisture with meter and water soil itself. Plant faces the southeast window and has bright, indirect sunlight. Please tell me what I’m doing wrong and what should I do to keep my plant healthy?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 24, 2011
A.

Sounds like you're overwatering. They are tough plants, so you don't need to baby them, treat it like you would a cacti and see this article for additional info:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 5, 2014

Q. Maranta Plant

My Maranta droops. It does not stand up. Is the pot too big or is the plant too shallow. I started a new one, not drooping so far but only has one leaf at this time. I have not been fertilizing it, just watering when it needs it. It was in an east window but now have it in a north window. Looks the same, grows new leaves and droops.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 5, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like it either does not have enough light or enough humidity. You can place a fluorescent light near it to improve the light and then place it on a pebble tray to increase humidity.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 14, 2014

Q. Caring for a Prayer Lily

How do you care for a prayer lily plant? The one I have keeps drooping.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2014
Certified Expert
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This article should help with its care and, if needed, propagation: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 14, 2014

Q. Houseplants Dying

I recently bought and repotted 2 different houseplants back in early Feb. They both are dying. The first one is a Maranta. The leaves are curling in, some leaves have turned yellow and died and the whole plant is not very green. The second is a Peperomia. It is wilted and some leaves have turned brown and died. Both are in low-med light areas. Watered when the soil is dry. Any ideas?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 14, 2014
Certified Expert
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This could be caused by a number of things, related or not. The following article should help with determining possible causes: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/botany-911-first-aid-for-ailing-houseplants.htm Once you pinpoint a possible cause, you will be better equipped at dealing with the issue.

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Asked by
Larry on
December 2, 2017

Q. Plant ID

What kind of plant is this?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
December 2, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

This appears to be a form of Maranta or Calathea. These can be quite difficult to tell apart.

These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/calathea-plants/calathea-zebra-houseplant.htm

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