Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana

Family: Marantaceae

Countries: Americas, Brazil, South America

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana is sometimes called the rabbit tracks plant, referencing this tender perennial plant’s leaves, whose leaf markings are similar to those made by a rabbit.  This evergreen plant hails from the rainforests of Brazil, where this tender plant grows in a very warm and humid environment.

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana requires bright, filtered, diffused light.  Harsh light scorches this plant’s leaves, so look for a position where your plant can bask in bright, indirect light.  I find that Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana can be a little more shade tolerant than is often realised, so do give this plant a try if you’re home is a little on the shady side.  One aspect that you will have to provide, if you wish to grow this Maranta, is high humidity, this plant needs a very humid environment.  You could grow your plant in a steamy bathroom, or you could position your plant close to an aquarium, or you could grow your Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana plant inside a terrarium, a vivarium, or bottle garden, where this plant will flourish in the constant humidity that these enclosures provide.

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana grows to a maximum of 30cm (12 inches) in height.  Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana flourishes in a very humid environment, if you have a bottle garden, terrarium, or vivarium large enough, Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana will make a fabulous terrarium plant!  Take care not to over water your plant, or to go to the other extreme and let your plant dry out – this Maranta won’t want to dry out at all.  Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana thrives in evenly moist, well drained soil, in warm temperatures and a very humid environment.

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