Maranta Care Guide

Maranta, commonly known as the prayer plant, is a popular houseplant known for its attractive foliage and unique leaf movements. Here are general care instructions to help you keep your Maranta thriving:


Marantas prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it can scorch their leaves. They can tolerate lower light conditions, but their growth may slow down.


Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry. Use room temperature water and avoid letting the soil completely dry out. Marantas are sensitive to both underwatering and overwatering.

Temperature & Humidity

Maintain a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C). They prefer warmer temperatures but can tolerate slightly cooler conditions.

Marantas thrive in high humidity. If the air is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a tray filled with water and pebbles to increase humidity.


Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure good aeration and water retention.


Choose a pot with drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom. Repot the plant every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current container.


Feed your Maranta with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when growth slows down.

Pruning & Cleaning

Prune away any yellow or damaged leaves regularly to encourage new growth. Pinch back the tips to promote bushier growth.

Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, which can hinder the plant's ability to photosynthesize.


Marantas can be propagated through division. When repotting, gently separate the plant into smaller sections, each with roots attached, and pot them individually.

Pests & Diseases

Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and scale insects. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

Remember that individual plant care may vary, so monitor your Maranta closely and adjust care practices accordingly. These guidelines should help you create a suitable environment for a healthy and happy prayer plant.

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