How beautiful are these striped friends?! Marantas are known as Herringbone plants due to their wicked red veins and can also be referred to as prayer plants because (much like Calathea), their leaves lay flat during the day and stand up at night like they are in prayer. If that's not cool enough for you, Maranta are also certified air purifiers - removing airborne toxins such as Co2. Wow!
Maranta loves bright, indirect sunlight but can tolerate some shade too. They can be a bit fussy but they will tell you how they are getting on in certain places by their appearance. Too much light and they will lose their markings and turn greener. Too little and they will become leggy and look a bit droopy. We have ours underneath a south facing window so it benefits from the constant light but does not get burnt by those direct rays! Experiment with placement in your gaff to find the perfect spot.
They love a good drink! Try and keep the soil moist (not damp, wet or clogged) for most of the year apart from in the winter months when it should be watered only when the top of the soil has dried out. Little and often is the way to go with most Maranta and if you can manage soft, warm water they will love you more for it. Don't let it dry out completely and if you see any yellow leaves ease back on the drink.
As always, rain water is best!
Maranta loves high humidity. If yours is looking brown and crispy around the leaf edges, this means it's not humid enough so up the spritz. You can also put them in a steamy bathroom or stick the pot in a tray full of wet pebbles to keep them happy.
Another great way to keep up the humidity is to get a few more Maranta (or other humidity loving friends like Calathea) and put them next to each other. A tropical plant super group!
You can give them a balanced fertiliser every 1-2 months. Yum!
Non-toxic for both pets and children.