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Maranta

Maranta

The Maranta belongs to the Marantaceae family, where no less than 25 species can be found. We know mainly the Maranta leuconeura (Maranta Lemon Lime) and the Maranta mackoyana. The latter is also sometimes called the Calathea mackoyana. Here begins the confusion that the Maranta is the same as the Calathea. However, this is not the case! The Maranta originates from the jungles of Brazil. In nature the plant does not grow very large. Only half to one meter. Although it is not a large houseplant, you can always recognize it by its striking leaves. Leaves that close slowly every evening as soon as the sun goes down. As soon as it becomes morning again, the leaf will open slowly. A very special houseplant!

Maranta

The Maranta belongs to the Marantaceae family, where no less than 25 species can be found. We know mainly the Maranta leuconeura (Maranta Lemon Lime) and the Maranta mackoyana. The latter is also sometimes called the Calathea mackoyana. Here begins the confusion that the Maranta is the same as the Calathea. However, this is not the case! The Maranta originates from the jungles of Brazil. In nature the plant does not grow very large. Only half to one meter. Although it is not a large houseplant, you can always recognize it by its striking leaves. Leaves that close slowly every evening as soon as the sun goes down. As soon as it becomes morning again, the leaf will open slowly. A very special houseplant!

Maranta

The Maranta belongs to the Marantaceae family, where no less than 25 species can be found. We know mainly the Maranta leuconeura (Maranta Lemon Lime) and the Maranta mackoyana. The latter is also sometimes called the Calathea mackoyana. Here begins the confusion that the Maranta is the same as the Calathea. However, this is not the case! The Maranta originates from the jungles of Brazil. In nature the plant does not grow very large. Only half to one meter. Although it is not a large houseplant, you can always recognize it by its striking leaves. Leaves that close slowly every evening as soon as the sun goes down. As soon as it becomes morning again, the leaf will open slowly. A very special houseplant!

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Maranta?

The best location

The Maranta is not used to much light in the jungles of Brazil. It is a small plant, so she quickly gets under the shade of larger plants. The Maranta likes light, but anything but direct sunlight. Both indirect sunlight and semi-shade are possible. Although it can happen that the plant still gets a little too much indirect light. If the Maranta gets too much light the leaves will become lighter and eventually even brown.

Watering the Maranta

Although the Maranta doesn’t like to be in the sunlight, she does like water. And especially a water humid environment. A bathroom is therefore very suitable! Keep the earth of the Maranta always slightly moist. This is done by giving a sip of water once a week in the summer. In winter you can do this once every 1 to 2 weeks. If you give too much water, the Maranta will suffer from root rot. And of course you want to prevent that with such a special plant!

Plant nutrition

In order to promote growth, the Maranta can be provided with extra nutrition from spring onwards. This plant food is best given once every two weeks. For the Maranta you can just use Universal plant nutrition. She is not that demanding! In order not to damage the plant, it is important not to give the Maranta any plant nutrition from autumn to spring.

Repotting

The Maranta won’t be very big. Especially with an older plant, repotting is certainly not necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Maranta once every 2 years. It is also a good idea to put the plant in a larger pot immediately after purchase. And when she grows out of her flowerpot of course! When repotting, it is best to choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one.

Air purifying function

The Maranta isn’t very big. Certainly not as a houseplant! A strong air-purifying function is therefore not to be expected with the Maranta. Although she does open her stomata during the day. During this process she captures CO2 and releases oxygen. Although these quantities are too small to notice. The same goes for harmful substances and dirty smells. The Maranta does notice it, but unfortunately she can’t do much about it.

Is the Maranta poisonous?

Good news! The Maranta is non-toxic to pets and children. So it’s safe to take it into your home.

Diseases and peculiarities

It is important to water the Maranta once a week with the plant sprayer. This way you avoid vermin and diseases such as spider mites. It is best to take a good look at the leaves of the Maranta once in a while. The earlier you see pests or diseases, the better it can be controlled. Pests spotted? You can clean the leaf with a mixture of green soap and neem oil. Doesn’t this work? Then use a biological pesticide.

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