Maranta are plants in the same family as Calathea. They are generally easier to care for than the average Calathea, and make great hanging plants with interesting foliage.
- Needs moderate to bright, indirect light
- Yellow leaves can be caused by direct sun or insufficient light.
- Water roughly once a week, keep soil consistently moist
- Maranta are relatively easy care, but if browning occurs, it can be a sign of metals and chemicals in water. If this occurs, using filtered or distilled water helps
- Benefits from humidity; mist daily or keep near a humidifier/wet pebble tray
- Will grow more rapidly when the humidity is higher than 60 percent
- Needs to be moisture retentive, but still have good drainage
- 50 percent potting soil, 20 percent orchid bark, 20 percent charcoal, and 10 percent vermiculite/perlite
- Non-toxic, good choice for pet owners
- Very easy to propagate from stem cuttings
- Does not like cold; keep above 65 degrees
- Can go dormant in winter; cut back watering to once every 2 weeks