Maranta plants are beautiful foliage plants. Their leaves tend to fold together at night, like the folding hands during the prayers. Hence Maranta is popularly known as prayer plant.

Firm stems, deeply coloured foliage, new shoots, moving leaves are the best indicators of the healthy growth of these plants.

Adequate watering : Water the plant only when the top 1 -2 inches  of the soil is dry.

Light : Do not place Maranta under direct sun. Keep them in the brightly lit places with indirect sunlight

Soil : Maranta plants love moist soil. But should not be soggy

Humidity : These plant love high humidity levels.

Remove leggy stems and dead leaves during the fall and spring. Pruning encourages bushier growth of the plant

Light plays a major role in the growth of these plants. When Maranta becomes leggy, it means the plant is not receiving adequate light. Move the plant to the place that receives bright indirect light.

The part of the plant that receives enough light will show healthy growth. Try rotating the plant once in a week or 2 for a balanced growth

The Maranta plants do well in the garden soil or a general potting mix, so long as it is well-draining. If the soil is not draining well, add perlite or coarse sand to the mixture


Also, try this : 2 parts coconut coir or peat moss + 1 part compost or potting soil + 1 part perlite or sand

They can grow successfully indoors. Since they require very tropical conditions it should do just fine.

No, Maranta is not toxic to cats. It is a non toxic and safe plant for cats.

Maranta can thrive in moderate indirect light or even in full shade. 

Good growth is the sign of any living being. The Marant should show growth during the summer season and unfurling of a new leaf every once in a while is a great sign!

The Maranta doesn’t get too large on us so it’s a perfect plant for a nice grouping! Because the Maranta likes humidity, a bathroom with good indirect light is an ideal spot for it.

Brown spots on the leaves of Maranta come from over exposure to strong natural light. If the spots to develop large, don’t be alarmed and wait for the leaves to fall off. Also remember to change the position of the Maranta from this place!

Marants help clear the air of the pollutants by filtering it.

Signs  Possible Causes
Wilting Improper drainage, Pests, Low Humidity, Excessive Light
Withering of Leaves Overwatering
Root Rot Overwatering
Soft, Brown, weak Stems and Leaves Overwatering
Yellowing of leaves Lack of fertilizers, Overwatering
Dry Leaves Underwatering, Too much sunlight, Low humidity
Leaves Curling Too much heat or cold, Underwatering
Spots on Leaves Diseases and Pests infestation
Leggy Growth Inadequate sunlight
No Variegation Excessive sunlight