- The prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura ‘Fascinator Tricolour’, is a fascinating house plant because its leaves fold together at night, like hands closed in prayer. In the morning they unfold and sometimes make a rustling sound. The oval leaves have a striking feathered pattern with red veins, often red underneath and both light and dark green, hence the name ‘Tricolour’.
- These prayer plants rarely bloom indoors but the plant is grown for its foliage colour.
- Leaves are especially colourful in their first spring flush.
- Growth slows down over winter when the plant appreciates a rest period.
- This plant likes a warm, humid environment.
- Keep the soil well-aerated. To achieve this, re-pot each spring and don’t be tempted to pack soil too tightly in the pot.
- This plant has shallow roots and they don’t need a lot of space.
- The leaves can be wiped with a soft, slightly damp cloth to remove dust.
- Height: up to 30cm.
- Likes medium light levels but no direct sun.
- Keep the compost moist during spring and summer and slightly drier in winter.
- Leaf-tips turning brown? The air is probably too dry. You can stand your plants in a pebble-filled tray and keep this wet.
- 59 ~ 77 °F / 15 ~ 25 °C
- High humidity
- Rich, moist to wet soil