Maranta Kerchoveana plant is spectacular ornamental houseplants with attractive leaves. Its wonderful foliages are light grey-green with darker green patches on either side of the central vein. It is also called Rabbit’s Foot. The leaf undersides are a uniform silvery green. This evergreen plant is preferred as an indoor plant because of its attractive foliage. Above all, It is really a living plant, because they fold the leaves upwards at night and opens them again in the morning as if in prayer. That’s why it is known as the Prayer Plant. This perennial plant produces flowers rarely. It grows well in the shade as a pot plant or ground cover. This plant is ideal for home and office indoors, shaded balconies and shady outdoor locations.
It is growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in). The long stalks to 30 cm (12 in) carry elliptical leaves 45 cm (18 in) or longer.
Scientific Name: Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana
Common Name: Rabbit’s Foot, Prayer Plant
Use: Purifies the air
Toxicity: Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Maranta Kerchoveana Plant Care
- Required low maintenance
- Sunlight: bright but shaded spot. Not tolerate direct sun.
- Soil: Moist
- Water: At the growing season, keep the soil moist. Water regular with a small amount of water or every 2 weeks. Allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Never let the plant sit in water. Don’t allow water to stand in the pot. On winter, reduce watering.
- Temperature: 16 -27 °C (60-80 °F), Normal room temperature around 20°C is suitable for all year round
- Fertilizer: Apply any balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks. No need to feed in winter
- Re-potting: During the spring
- Propagation: By dividing the main plant at the re-potting time.