Maranta Leuconeura 'Fascinator'
The leaves of Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator' are truly striking, as if painted with a brush! These oval leaves feature both dark and light green feathery patterns which act as a backdrop for bright red veins. Their underside showcases red and burgundy tones. Tiny, dainty purple flowers grow on thin stalks which shoot off from the leaf stems. Commonly known as the Prayer Plant, maranta leuconeura can be displayed both as a hanging plant or trailing up a mossy pole.
Size: 12cm diameter x 30cm height
Light: Filtered sun, bright indirect light
Watering: Keep the compost moist (but not soggy) when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter if 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? This plant gets its Latin name from the botanist who discovered it, Bartolomeo Maranta. Its common name though comes from the fact that its 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.