Maranta Leuconeura Mint

 

Named after Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian botanist of the sixteenth century, the entire family has about 60 unique foliage pattern species native to South America.

It gets its common name because its leaves stay flat during the day and then fold up like praying hands at night; likewise, they are relatively common as houseplants and can be easily cared for indoors.

Maranta is a low-growing, spreading plant that thrives best when provided with greenhouse-like conditions: warm and moist, with gentle airflow and plenty of fertilizer.

You can hang your prayer plant near a window where it will receive indirect sunlight. Never put your plant in direct sunlight because the sun will scorch the plant's leaves, or the leaves will develop blotches or patches and fade in color intensity. When the plants go into dormancy during the wintertime - sometimes even die back completely; provide them with a bright light to maintain growth.

Prayer plants can thrive in a variety of soils so long as they're well-draining. Like any other maranta, Leuconeura Mint needs moist retaining soil with a slightly acidic ph, but most importantly, it is sure the pot has drainage holes.

During the growing season, water your prayer plant frequently, and never allow the potting soil to dry out completely.

The plant is 25-30 cm tall and will get to you in a 12 cm pot.