Lemon Lime Maranta Care Tips

Oh HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

You guys have been asking for this for ages so.. here it is! A blog post on my gorgeous lemon lime maranta. It is definitely the star of my apartment and all of my houseplants, and the subject in most of my top liked photos on Instagram. When i first purchased it, it was still fairly large. The lady at Armstrong didn’t even know much about the plant except that “it is so pretty it must be needy.” And because of that statement I assumed that this would be one of those plants that i ~attempted~ to keep alive and ended up with brown crinkly leaves. But luckily for me, quite the opposite ended up happening. For the past year now, it has been consistently putting out new leaves, multiple unraveling each week.

LIGHT

First things first.. your prayer plant needs good light! I keep mine in a medium to high light area of my apartment, though they just require medium, and some can even do well in low lights too. However, it is essential that your plant is moving. Yes, you heard that right. Prayer plants move throughout the day, it is their "mantra", which is how they got their name! When I first got my plant the leaves would stay at the same position 24 hours a day, and that was my first clue that something was wrong. Now that it gets more light, the leaves open towards it during the day and then close or fold up at night. This mantra is so cool to watch, and all calathea actually do this as well, just not as noticeably due to the styles of leaves. With the maranta there are so many smaller leaves so it really looks like a different plant at different times of the day.

WATER

So.. this is where my opinions and experiences differ significantly from every other website/person you will consult for this plant. Typically they love a humid environment with consistently moist soil. However, my guy prefers quite the opposite. I water it about once a week, never mist, and it fully dries out between waterings. If i water more than that, some leaves turn yellow! A good way to tell how often your prayer plant needs to be watered is by measuring the time between watering your plant and the day before the leaves start to curl. When the sides of the leaves start to fold into the center, it means your calathea is thirsty, so you can use that to get a general sense for your plant's needs. (For example, you water your plant Sunday morning, the leaves curl Friday evening, so in the future try watering Thursday evening or Friday morning.}

So don't be afraid to try off book ideas when it comes to taking care of plants, because every plant is still a unique, living being that could have its own personal needs and preferences.

As for plant watering basics... yellow leaves is typically a sign of overwatering. Brown leaves is either a sign of underwatering, too much, or too little sun. ​

And that's all folks!

I know a lot of people are cautious about getting a calathea, or a maranta, because they hear they are needy and impossible to keep alive for extended periods of time. But I say, go for it! Try it out, because this is my absolute favorite plant and I wish everyone in the world could own one.

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