Maranta Leuconeura 'Red Vein' (Prayer Plant)

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  • Named for Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian physician and botanist of the sixteenth century, the Maranta genus includes a few dozen low-growing plants native to the American tropics.
  • The plant gets its common name from the fact that its leaves stay flat during the day and then fold up like praying hands at night.
  • The Maranta leuconeura species has some of the most strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves in the plant kingdom.
  • The popular tricolor variety has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins.
  • A well-grown Maranta should have full, six-inch-long leaves rising from a short center stem and draping down.
  • They are fairly common as houseplants, but not necessarily easy to keep growing over the long-term.


  • Rich, well-draining.


  • Fertilize your plant every two weeks from early spring through fall.
  • Dilute a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer (10-10-10) to half strength.
  • If you use too little fertilizer, your plant will grow slowly or hardly at all.
  • Too much fertilizer can burn the roots—leaves will start to brown and you can even kill the plant.
  • Reduce fertilizing to once a month or so in the winter.


  • Bright, indirect sunlight.


  • During the growing season, water frequently and never allows the potting soil to dry out.
  • Water the prayer plant when the top of the potting soil is just starting to become dry.
  • These plants are very susceptible to drought; however, to avoid fungal problems, do not let water sit directly on the leaves or let the plant get soggy.
  • Insufficient water and overwatering can cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop from the plant.
  • When watering, use water that is at least at room temperature if not slightly warm.
  • In the winter months, reduce watering.​


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