How To Propagate Lemon Lime Maranta

This is unquestionably the simplest method of growing prayer plants.

The stem of our maranta leuconeura kerchoveana variegata was fractured and suffered damage. With many plant species, this can be a depressing occurrence; but, with prayer plants, it’s typically a fantastic chance for reproduction! For success, you don’t need any chemicals or rooting hormones.

  • plant
  • scissors or an edged object
  • crystal jar
  • water
  • lucid bag

Cut bellow the node

Find your plant’s nodes, then trim the stem below each node. To spread your maranta in water, you only need one node. The plant was injured at the soil level, which is not evident here, so we will propagate from the three nodes (all of which are circled in the figure below).

On prayer plants, nodes are little bumps from which new leaves and shoots emerge; they are easy to identify.

Place the plant in water (make a propagation station)

Add water to the plant cutting. When utilising tap water, let it sit for at least 24 hours before using it. The water must be at a plant-friendly room temperature.

The leaves should not be soaked in water, only the nodes should. If there are too many leaves, you can prune a few to encourage the plant to concentrate on making roots. However, if you have ideal conditions for a prayer plant, this stage is not necessary because it will quickly develop roots and won’t have any trouble producing a leaf or two in the interim.

You can purchase a beautiful propagation station; there are many attractive ones available in shops and online, but any glass jar will work just as well.

Bag it

Improve your chances if the conditions aren’t optimum by covering the plant with a transparent bag. Your plant will be happier if you do this.

With a straw, you can blow some air into it to improve the environment.

Waiting and Changing Water

Start your wait now! It is important to know that checking your plant for evidence of new roots every 5 minutes is totally normal. Everyone carries out that.

In as little as two weeks, your prayer plant will be prepared for planting in soil. However, there is no set period of time in which the roots must develop before you can plant them, so do not give up if it takes a month or longer. You shouldn’t be concerned as long as the plant is healthy and you can see new development.

When it comes to changing the water, a little does rely on the jar’s size. Some people insist that it is best to change the water every two days, while others never do. The water was changed once throughout the month it took for our plant to establish roots that were ready for planting.

The water is suitable if it is clear, free of algae or other contaminants, and the roots are growing (you may observe variations in size every few days).

One week

This was the condition of our water-propagated prayer plant after about a week. Notice the emerging tiny white roots?

The roots are already lovely and long after two weeks. Here, the water was changed because the growth slowed down. Water was utilised, at room temperature, just like the first time.

rd Week

The prayer plant produced a tonne of new leaves during the third week. We began water-propagating this maranta plant, which currently has two leaves and one more on the way. It had five leaves and another one was on the way by the third week.

th Week

Remember that the length of time the roots need to develop before the cutting may be placed in soil can vary. You can transfer your plant from the water jar to the soil after you can see healthy roots (inch and a half / two-inch5 cm).

Planting your water propagated prayer plant in soil

Choose a pot that is not too large but has enough space for the roots of the prayer plant to spread out freely. Prepare the new potting soil as well.

Once it is planted in soil, it might struggle a little bit for a time, so you can water it and cover it with a bag for a few days. If your home has dry air, the bag is useful.

A clear bag will assist this maranta maintain the ideal humidity levels since it was propagated over the winter, which is not ideal because the air is drier due to heating.

We sincerely hope you will try growing prayer plants in water now that you are aware of how to do so.

Can Maranta be propagated from cuttings?

The simplest methods for growing a prayer plant are:

  • cuttings being propagated in water
  • cuttings being multiplied in soil
  • growing things from seeds
  • reproduction through root division

The simplest way to grow maranta is by propagating cuttings in water, which is how I shall do it below.

Where do you cut a prayer plant to propagate?

Propagation of Maranta is simple! The best technique is to make an incision that is right below a stem’s first node. The leaf nodes are tiny lumps where the plant will develop water-based root systems.

Cutting just below the nodes will result in roots growing at the base of your cut since roots originate from the nodes.

STEP 1Identify a node

Find a nodea hump on the stem where leaves emerge. For optimal results, look for a branch on the mother plant that is at least 3 inches long and has healthy new growth and leaves.

STEP 3Remove lower leaves

Clear the water of any lower leaves that may fall there. In general, I like to leave no more than 1-2 leaves on each stem since I want the plant’s energy to go toward developing roots rather than maintaining its leaves.

Where should a prayer plant be cut to reproduce?

Propagating a prayer plant is quite easy. Simply cut a cutting below a node, and when the roots grow, place the cutting in water or moist soil. Below, I’ll go over a more detailed guide.

To propagate your plant, you must cut it below a node. The petiole (the little stem attached to a leaf) joins the main stem at a prayer plant node.

The nodes can also be the places where two stems connect since prayer plants can have a network of stems that branch off of one another. There typically is a small bulge there as well.

New roots will emerge from the nodes, which are the sources of growth. This is why when propagating plants, you must cut below the node. When you cut “below the node,” the node is still present on the portion you keep.

Can you propagate prayer plant in water?

Simply take a clean pair of scissors and cut off a bit below a node to grow the prayer plant in water. The node must be present on the cutting since that is where the new roots will grow.

That cutting should be inserted into a jar of room-temperature water with the node below the surface. Verify that none of the leaves are submerged.

Put it somewhere that gets plenty of direct light. When necessary, add more water, and top it off if you notice the level dropping.

Your root system should be developed sufficiently (about two to three inches long) after a few weeks to a month so that you can insert the cutting into soil. After that, water your new plant thoroughly and take care of it as usual.

Propagating a Prayer Plant in Soil

The same procedure can also be used, but instead of using water, you should directly place the cutting into a container of moistened soil. Don’t bury any leaves, but be sure the node is buried.

Keep the soil moist as the roots grow and place it somewhere that gets bright, indirect light. Another option is to cover it with a transparent plastic bag to help keep the humidity in. Simply take it off every other day to allow fresh air to enter.

Test the cutting by giving it a very light tug a few weeks later. If you encounter resistance, the cutting’s roots have grown and you can treat it like any other plant.

How long does it take to propagate a prayer plant?

I’ve found that it often takes three weeks to a month for prayer plant cuttings to develop roots that are long enough to pot up (two to three inches). However, depending on the season and situation, this can change.

Just be a little more patient if, after a month, your prayer plant is still not ready.

Propagating a Prayer Plant by Division

A prayer plant can also be multiplied by division. To divide and pot up one or more pieces of the plant from the mother plant is to do nothing more than that.

To achieve this, take the entire plant out of the pot and look for any individual parts that have their own root systems. Untangle any roots before gently separating it from the mother plant.

A pair of clean, sharp scissors can be used to clip the roots apart from one another if you are unable to untangle them without breaking them. Do your best to preserve the majority of the root system.

Each infant segment should be potted into a suitable-sized pot and thoroughly watered. After allowing each newly potted part some time to acclimatise, you’re done!