Maranta leuconeura (muh-RAN-tuh loo-koh-NUR-uh) var. erythroneura (e-REETH-roh-NYUR-uh) ‘Lemon Lime’ is a very popular variety of Prayer Plant.
The genus name, Maranta, refers to Venetian botanist, Bartolomea Maranti (1500-1571).
The specific epithet, leuconeura, is from the Greek words, leuko and neural, meaning “white string” and is a reference to the plants’ prominent leaf veins. The varietal name, erythroneura, is Latin and means “red veins”.
This unusual variety of Prayer Plant is a member of the Marantaceae family of plants and is native to Brazil, Asia, and Africa. You may also hear this perennial, tropical plant referred to as:
- Herringbone Plant Lemon Lime
- Red-Veined Prayer Plant
- Prayer Plant Lemon Lime
- Lemon Lime Maranta
- Cathedral Windows
- Green Prayer Plant
- Herringbone Plant
- Rabbit Tracks
- Prayer Plant
Lemon Lime Maranta Care
Size & Growth
This compact Maranta grows to be about a foot high and spreads to about fourteen inches.
Red-Veined Prayer Plant’s pretty, multicolored leaves close “in prayer” at dusk and open again at dawn. The large, attractive lime green leaves are oval in shape.
They are deeply veined and display variable markings in shades of deep green to burgundy. The leaves are attractively patterned on both sides.
Flowering & Fragrance
If you keep your plant outdoors in the summertime, your Green Prayer Plant may present you with tiny little purple or white flowers atop long, slim stems. The flowers usually last for only a day.
Houseplants rarely, if ever, bloom.
Light & Temperature
Maranta Lemon Lime likes to live in a space that provides consistently warm temperatures (60° degrees Fahrenheit to 70° degrees Fahrenheit) and ample bright indirect light.
Protect the plant against harsh, direct sunlight because this can cause leaf scorch and may even kill your plant.
These plants are winter hardy in USDA hardiness zones 11 and higher. Temperatures lower than 60° degrees Fahrenheit can damage your plants’ leaves.
Watering & Feeding
Always use rainwater, distilled or filtered water, or bottled water at room temperature to water Herringbone Plant. Maranta cannot tolerate the chemicals like chlorine found in tap water, and extremes of temperature can shock the roots.
Lemon Lime Maranta is a thirsty plant, so you should keep the soil slightly moist – never soggy! Water thoroughly whenever the top couple of inches of the soil feels dry. Allow the water to drain through the substrate thoroughly.
Never allow your plant to sit in water as this will lead to root rot. Always use a pot with drainage holes.
Reduce water and soil moisture during the autumn and winter when the plant goes semi-dormant.
Marantas enjoy high humidity. Keep humidity levels high through the use of a humidifier or a pebble tray. Frequent misting is not advised because this can lead to the development of fungal or bacterial infections.
Feed your Lemon Lime Maranta once every couple of weeks throughout the growing season.
Any good quality, water-soluble house plant fertilizer, mixed at half strength will do. Don’t fertilize during the fall and winter.
Pray Plant Soil & Transplanting
Green Prayer Plant with its shallow roots like a light, airy, peat-based potting mix – more on plant soil here.
You can either use a good quality ready-made potting mix or create your own blend with equal parts potting soil, perlite, peat moss, or coco coir.
If you live in a semi-tropical or tropical setting, you can grow Lemon Lime Prayer Plant in the landscape.
If you do this, be sure to amend the soil with coarse sand, fine gravel, and organic compost to create a light, airy, well-draining mixture with a pH level in the range of 5.5 to 6.
Repot your Rabbit Tracks Maranta annually, early in the spring. These plants are fast growers, so you will need to move up one or two pot sizes, or you can divide your plant into two or more plants when you repot. Shallow pots are best.
Be sure to remove all old soil, clip away any dead or damaged leaves and roots and pot your plant up with an entirely fresh, new potting mix. Water thoroughly and place your plant in a sheltered setting for a week or so to allow it to settle in.
Grooming & Maintenance
Pinch or use scissors to trim away dead, yellow, or damaged leaves, brown leaf tips, and stems as needed throughout the year. Prune your plant as desired to enhance shape and fullness.
At the end of the winter, perform a fairly thorough pruning to encourage your plant to put out lots of fresh, new growth in the springtime. New leaves will appear as tightly rolled tubes.
How To Propagate Lemon Lime Maranta?
When you prune your plant, save large cuttings (with a couple of leaves and a couple of leaf nodes on the stem) to root in water or a light mixture of coco coir or peat moss and perlite.
You can also propagate Maranta by dividing the plant when you repot, as we have mentioned.
Air-layering, which essentially involves allowing your plant to ramble its way into a pot of fresh soil set alongside the parent plant, is another good propagation method.
When the plant sets down roots in the new pot and starts new vegetative growth, you can cut it loose from the parent and allow it to continue to grow independently.
Lemon Lime Maranta Pests or Diseases
Most problems for Prayer Plant Lemon Lime are caused by incorrect watering. Excessive watering will cause leaf spots as well as root and stem rot. Underwatering will cause brown, curly leaf tips.
Use of tap water or excessive use of fertilizer can also cause adverse reactions in the leaves.
Plants that are overwatered or underwatered are naturally more susceptible to invasion by common houseplant pests, such as spider mites and mealybugs.
Is the plant considered toxic or poisonous to people, kids, and pets?
Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura is non-toxic.
Is The Lemon Lime Maranta Considered Invasive?
Herringbone Plant Lemon Lime is not considered invasive in the United States; however, it is considered invasive in South Africa, and it could easily become invasive in other conducive settings.
If you live in a tropical or semi-tropical setting and plant this quickly spreading plant directly into the landscape, take care not to allow unwanted spread.
Suggested Lemon Lime Maranta Uses
Outside of the plants’ tropical setting, most people keep this perennial beauty as a houseplant.
When small and young, it does well as a tabletop or desktop plant. As it matures, it may be moved to a larger floor planter.
In semi-tropical or tropical settings, Prayer Plant Maranta can be planted in the landscape in shady areas.
In this sort of setting, it is attractive as a groundcover or naturalized in a random pattern.