Maranta tricolor ("prayer plant") – care at home

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Growers know that many of their green Pets – natives of the warm tropics. These include the ornamental plant Maranta tricolor. Photo shows how it is unusual and attractive. Its flowers are small and inconspicuous, but differ special beauty shiny light or dark green oval leaves, with contrasting colors. Their upper, front side riddled with red veins, around which are distributed the spots (depending on the variety they can be brown, yellow or black), and the lower part –  purple. In the plant reaches a height of 25-30 centimeters, his homeland-the tropics of Brazil.

Maranta tricolor, prayer plant

A Second name, which is Maranta tricolor – "the prayer plant", she earned it through the leaves that rise and fold like the palms for a night. The flower refers to the creeping species and fits perfectly in decorative compositions with other plants. It can beautify the room if you place it in hanging pots.

Heat-loving Maranta tricolor, caring for it is appropriate. In the room where the flower and a constant temperature needs to stay between eighteen – twenty degrees, without sharp fluctuations. In the room there should be no draughts. The plant does not tolerate direct light, so the guest from the tropics should be placed in partial shade. In the sun the leaves may turn white.

Maranta tricolor photo

Likes moist peaty soil Maranta tricolor. "Prayer plant" at the same time, it is impossible to fill. Soil for the flower is composed of the following ingredients: ground sheet, humus and pine. Useful addition will be charcoal, river sand and pieces of bark.

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It Needs to be spraying in the hot summer period. With insufficient watering the arrowroot can start to wrap the leaves. To maintain the soil moisture, the pot should be put on a tray with pebbles or expanded clay, which should be regularly wetted. Rhizome green tropical pet need to cover damp moss. In winter, watering is moderate, as in the flower there comes a period of rest.

In the dressing tricolor Maranta ("prayer plant") needs from early spring to October. Fertilizers need to choose poor in nitrogen, otherwise the leaves can get a more intense green color and lose their decorative effect. Because of the overabundance of this element can also develop the disease.

Maranta tricolor care

To Plant this beautiful flower is possible by dividing the Bush or cuttings. Cuttings should be kept in the ground, in a warm place, covered with foil, until, until they take root. An adult plant can reproduce by using “children”, which are formed on aerial roots. Transplant carried out every year in the spring. Thus it is necessary to choose a new pot is wider than the previous one, but not deep.

Often Maranta tricolor ("prayer plant") is affected by pests, among which is the red spider mite. Signals his emergence on the web, which pletetsya flower. Signs activities scale insects are brown patches that cover the leaves and stems. In this case, the plant should be treated with soap and water or sprayed with special agents from parasites.

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