Given a warm, bright spot in your home, the Herringbone Plant will quickly grow into a bush of long stems trailing from the pot. It makes a great bedroom plant, where it lifts and unfolds its leaves as you sleep and wake, and suits most bathrooms where the high humidity and filtered light makes perfect conditions for healthy growth.
The markings on the leaves of the Herringbone Plant are almost too intense to appear natural, but natural they are, and beautiful to boot. The stunning bright red veins and central markings on the leaves of the Herringbone Plant lend it its name. As a member of the Prayer Plant family (and this is the plant which gave the family its name), the Herringbone Plant folds its leaves up each night and unfurls them the following morning in a daily prayer. For what? Who knows.
Native to the forest floor of South American rainforest, these plants are well adapted to catch every spot of light that reaches them from the dense canopy overhead, and accustomed to moist soil and high humidity. They form clumps of long stems, each bearing a display of beautiful light green patterned foliage as they stretch out across the forest floor in search of light.
The accepted botanical name is Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator', but is also often referred to as Maranta leuconeura var. erythoneura, Maranta leuconeura var. erythrophyla, Maranta erythroneura and Maranta tricolour. It's commonly known as Herringbone Prayer Plant, Prayer Plant and Herringbone Maranta.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator' (aka Maranta leuconeura var. erythoneura, Maranta leuconeura var. erythrophyla, Maranta erythroneura, Maranta tricolour), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Feed with half-strength plant food once a month whenever the plant is growing - which may be all year round if kept warm and supplied with enough light. Avoid plant foods with a high salt content - organic fertilizers are usually better.
Repot when the stems start to crowd the pot. You can either divide the clump into multiple new plants by gently teasing the roots apart to form a number of smaller clumps, or repot into a larger pot, giving each clump room to spread.
Watch out for mealy bug, which love to take up residence hidden between the stems. Spray well and repeatedly with soapy water if you see any white critters inbetween stems or on the underside of leaves.
Avoid prolonged exposure to summer sun as this will bleach and sometimes even scorch the delicate leaves. Winter UK sun is gentle enough for the plant to take up a sunnier location.
A shady corner is ok, but the plant will grow much quicker in a spot with bright filtered light.
Keep soil moist but never boggy. They will tolerate soil drying, but the difference between dry-and-ok and just-killed-10-leaves can be a single day, so it’s best to keep on top of watering. High humidity isn’t essential, but will keep the leaves looking their best.
Buildup of salts in the soil from tap water may lead to brown margins on the leaves. Water with filtered water or flush the soil with plenty of water every few months to keep the foliage looking it’s best.
Ideally, temperatures should be kept above 15ºC. Growth will cease at much below that. Leaf damage can occurr when exposed to long periods of cold. If the temperature is likely to drop in winter, keep the soil a little dryer to avoid root rot.
The Herringbone Plant is an easy plant to care for. It’s quite forgiving of missed waterings and sub-optimal conditions, and will quickly rebound even after a period of ill-health or leaf damage.
Prayer Plants are all members of the Marantaceae family, which are non-toxic to pets.