Maranta leuconeura ‘Lemon’

Lemon Prayer plant


Admired by many for their unique, intricately patterned and colourful foliage, Prayer Plants make for stunning statement plants to add a tropical flair to your home.

The Lemon (or sometimes called ‘Lemon Lime’) cultivar of the Maranta leuconeura is a new addition to the Prayer Plants family, showing in cultivation only in the past 3-4 years.


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Origin: Horticultural origin
Genus: Maranta
Species / Cultivar: leuconeura var. erythroneura 'Lemon Lime'
Common Name: Lemon Prayer plant

Plant Biography

Marantas are part of the Marantaceae family alongside Calatheas, Ctenanthe and Stromanthe. Maranta leuconeura ‘Kerchoveana’ has dark green blotches between the veins of its light green leaves, that have pale green undersides.

The genus Maranta consists of around 50 species, which live in the relatively lowlight and humid conditions of the understories of tropical forests. Whilst many plants in this environment, such as climbers, have evolved to get closer to the light above, these have adapted to the conditions provided by the forest floor.

Maranta leuconeura 'Lemon' - 12cm pot, 30/40cm tall
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15 - 25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Moderate
This plant has specific requirements. Incorrect care can quickly lead to signs of distress.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Prayer Plants can be fussy when placed in the wrong location, so choosing a good spot is essential.

A place with bright but indirect light is ideal. Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.

Like other Prayer Plants this plant enjoys high humidity, but overly wet soil can quickly lead to root rot.

Wipe the leaves regularly to prevent a build up of dust.

Expert Tip

The Lemon Lime Prayer plant is easy to propagate. Cut longer stems containing at least one node and put them in water. Plant them back in the pot as soon as the new roots reach 1-2 cm, for a fuller looking plant.
Choosing the right pot for your plant

Choosing the right pot for your plant

Not sure what pot size to choose for your indoor plant?

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to choose the correct decorative pot.