Maranta Fantasy | Light Veins| Rare Plant | Happy Houseplants
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Maranta Fantasy is a tropical plant native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It belongs to the Marantaceae family, which includes many other popular houseplants such as Calathea and Stromanthe.
In the wild, Maranta plants grow as understory plants in the tropical rainforests of South America. It prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining soil with high humidity levels. The plant grows close to the ground and has a creeping habit, producing small leaves that grow in a rosette pattern. The leaves are typically green with dark markings on the upper surface. In contrast, the lower surface has beautiful veining.
Maranta Fantasy makes an excellent houseplant due to its striking foliage and relatively easy care requirements. The plant is known for its unique, almost painterly appearance, with contrasting green and purple colours and intricate leaf patterns.
Known as the "prayer plant," it is characterized by its striking foliage and unique ability to fold its leaves at night, resembling praying hands called nyctinasty. During the day, the leaves open up to absorb sunlight and photosynthesize. However, when the sun goes down, the leaves fold up, which is thought to be a protective mechanism to conserve moisture and prevent damage from cooler temperatures and dew.
Maranta Fantasy care level
These plants are not tricky to manage, so they are recommended if you have just a little experience with houseplants, but you must be confident that you won't overwater and have access to good light.
Where should I put this plant?
Maranta can take low or direct light.
How should I water this plant?
The Maranta plant likes to be watered only when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. During the summer months, you need to water regularly.
Should I feed this houseplant?
Maranta Fantasy can be given a monthly liquid feed during spring and summer. Have a look at our vegan, organic plant food!
Is this houseplant suitable if I have pets?
Like most Maranta varieties, it is mildly toxic to pets. The problems with toxicity come from ingestion, but it takes a large amount for symptoms to occur.
What size is this plant?
All our plants are supplied in a plastic nursery pot