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Maranta Kerchoveana

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Description

A green twist on the Maranta fascinator we all know and love, the sweet Maranta leuconeura var. Kerchoveana showcases lovely soft green foliage with dark burgundy spots or brush strokes.

Size: 12cm diameter x 20cm height

Origin: Brazil

Care

Light: Filtered sun, bright indirect light

Humidity: Moderate

Temperature: 15-25ºC

Watering: Keep the compost moist (but not soggy) when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter when light levels are lower.

Feeding: Use half the recommended dose of a nitrogen rich liquid fertilizer every few weeks during the plant's active growth period.

Soil: 2 to 1 parts of houseplant potting mix and perlite. You can add a handful or two of coco coir to the mix.

Troubleshooting: Crispy leaf tips may be caused by dry air or mineral buildup in tap water. You can help increase humidity levels with a humidifier or placing several plants close together. If you live in an area with hard tap water, you can allow the water to rest in the watering can for several hours before watering.

Tip: This plant is safe around pets, but keep it away from drafts and direct sunlight.

Did you know? Marantas get their Latin name from the botanist who discovered them, Bartolomeo Maranta. Their common name is 'Prayer Plant' and it comes from the fact that their leaves fold upwards at night as if praying, and come back down during the daytime. This is a common habit of all plants from the Maranta family, which includes Calatheas.