Why does the arrowroot dry?
Maranta is a very interesting, but, unfortunately, demanding plant. But if you are ready to satisfy her whims, she will thank you with very beautiful leaves. It is difficult to even say what other indoor flowers can compete with the arrowroot in the intricacies of the painted patterns on the leaves. Above - dark green spots and white stripes on two sides of the central vein, below - bluish-green leaves.
- Description of the arrowroot
- General rules for caring for the arrowroot at home
- Arrowroot propagation
Description of the arrowroot
Most often on our windowsills there is a white-veined arrowroot and its species. But her flowers are inconspicuous, they are formed between the leaves. The arrowroot has one interesting peculiarity: in the evening it raises its leaves up and folds them together. In the morning, the leaves are straightened and lowered again. For this, the British call it Prayer plant - a plant that prays.
The plant got its name in honor of the physician Bartolomeo Maranta. Homeland plants - tropical rainforests of Brazil. Therefore, it is very fond of humid air (up to 90 percent). Arrowroot is often recommended for cultivation in the so-called "kindergartens in bottles", where increased humidity is created. It is also recommended that the arrowroot is often sprayed, but only with a fine spray, since large drops of water on the leaves leave traces.
General rules for caring for the arrowroot at home
The plant is afraid of drafts and temperature changes. In winter, in rooms where the arrowroot grows, the air temperature should drop no lower than 12 degrees, better - 16-18, in summer the most optimal temperature is 23-24. To preserve the beauty and brightness of the leaves, you must adhere to several rules.
Since excessive lighting can cause leaf color to fade, the plant must be shaded. However, excessive shadow also negatively affects its color.
If the ends of the arrowroot leaves become dry and brown or the leaves fall off, this may indicate excessive dryness of the air. Yellow-brown tips indicate a lack or, conversely, an excess of nutrients. On drafts, the leaves curl and dry out.
Water the plant with moderately soft water, about room temperature, in winter watering should be limited. From an excess of moisture in the plant, the roots can rot. Dry and withered leaves must be removed. So that the bush does not stretch, it is cut off. The cuttings are cut along with the nodule from which the leaves grow. This contributes to a more intensive formation of new leaves.
So, for the successful cultivation of arrowroots you need: penumbra, high humidity, rich soil, spacious enough pot.
Also, the plant does not tolerate the presence of lime in the soil.
Little secret: add a couple of pieces of charcoal to the soil for planting arrowroot. In spring and summer, once every two weeks, it should be fed with flower fertilizers. The shoots of the arrowroot are creeping, so it is better to plant it in wide containers. Transplanted once every 1-2 years in the spring. The plant itself is compact, grows up to 30 cm tall.
The arrowroot is propagated by dividing bushes and stem cuttings with 1-2 internodes. Leaves are cut a third and planted cuttings in a box with sand. After about 2-3 weeks at a temperature of 20-24 degrees, they let the roots. You can root them in water. Good drainage is also needed.