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Maranta leuconeura ‘Kerchoveana’

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Description

Maranta leuconeura ‘Kerchoveana’ boasts light green leaves that are somewhat rounded with dark splotches on either side. When new leaves emerge, these splotches appear dark brown. When the leaves mature, the dark brown color turns a gorgeous deep green. One unusual aspect of the leaf construction of ‘Kerchoveana’ is that these two colors are not visible from the back, not even the vein arrangement. The color of the back of each leaf is a silvery green, which makes the two sides of the leaf look completely different. This plant requires warmth and humidity to thrive and prevent browning tips. It has an upright and bushy growth pattern. We find best growth in bright indirect to medium light, yet the more light it receives the more often you'll likely have to water. Finally, this plant has the added benefit of being pet friendly.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Maranta leuconeura E.Morren
  • Common Name: Green Prayer Plant
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Native Range: Brazil

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Bright to medium indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water thoroughly in the spring and summer. Reduce watering in the winter and allow the top half of soil to dry out between watering. Use filtered water only (avoid hard tap water) to prevent browning tips.
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: 65-80F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Feed only during the growing season during spring and summer with a diluted liquid feed once monthly
  • Propagation: Division 
  • Growth: Upright, bushy
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets. However, with all plants we recommend you exercise caution around children and pets.