Free Maranta Leuconeura Kerchoviana Plants

This Maranta is commonly known by two descriptive names, Rabbit’s Tracks and Prayer Plant. The former name describes the unusual markings on the leaves, while the latter refers to the way that the leaves close together during the evening like hands held in a posture of prayer. The unusual, almost sideways growth may require slight staking. Alternatively, the plant can be left to grow sideways and sprawl somewhat. The paper-thin leaves are very sensitive to a dry atmosphere and will quickly dehydrate, resulting in browning of the tips and edges. A high level of humidity is essential and can be promoted by growing the plant in association with other plants.

Plant type : Foliage plant with semi-prostrate habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 20-25cm (8 —1Oin)
Flower : Insignificant, bluish, on long flower spike amongst foliage, produced in spring/summer
Leaf : Oval, 10-12.5cm (4—5in) long, 5-6cm (2-2|in) wide, papery, mid green with dark green blotches
Temperature : 18-21°C (65—70°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate to light shade
Humidity : High
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer; keep slightly drier in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Divide mature plant in mid to late spring; plant 10cm (4in) cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21 °C (70°F) from early to mid summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, mealy bug, brown edges from dry atmosphere
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Good plant for bowl gardens, terrariums or as table-top plant in association with other plants.