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Maranta Variegated 'Beauty Kim'

Maranta Variegated 'Beauty Kim'

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The Maranta Variegated 'Beauty Kim', a variegated cultivar of Maranta leuconeura, is celebrated for its stunning leaf patterns that include a mix of green, white, and sometimes pink or light red hues. This variety maintains the typical Prayer Plant behavior, with leaves that fold up at night, but stands out due to its unique and striking variegation. The 'Beauty Kim' is an excellent choice for those looking to add a splash of color and texture to their indoor plant collection, combining the intriguing movements of Prayer Plants with distinctive foliage.

🌿 Botanical Name: Maranta leuconeura 'Beauty Kim' (Variegated)

💧 Care Level: Moderate to slightly challenging, primarily due to the need for consistent moisture and humidity to support its variegated leaves.

📏 Size: Like other Maranta leuconeura varieties, 'Beauty Kim' typically reaches about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) in height and spread.

☀️ Light: Prefers bright, indirect light to maintain its variegation without risking leaf burn. Direct sunlight can damage the leaves, while too little light may cause the variegation to fade. A location receiving filtered light is ideal.

💧 Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil becomes dry to the touch. Using filtered or distilled water can prevent leaf tip browning, a common issue caused by fluoride and chlorine in tap water.

💦 Humidity: High humidity is essential, ideally over 60%. The 'Beauty Kim' may require more humidity than other Maranta varieties due to its variegated leaves. Employ a humidifier, mist the plant regularly, or place it on a pebble tray to increase the surrounding moisture.

🌡️ Temperature: Thrives in warm environments, with ideal temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F (16°C to 27°C). Avoid exposure to drafts and extreme temperature fluctuations.

🌱 Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-rich potting mix to support moisture retention while preventing waterlogging. A mix containing peat or coco coir, perlite, and vermiculite is suitable.

🌱 Fertilizing: Fertilize with a half-strength, balanced, liquid fertilizer every month during the growing season. Variegated plants can be more sensitive to over-fertilization, so it's important to fertilize sparingly.

🔄 Pruning: Light pruning can help maintain shape and encourage fuller growth. Remove any yellow or damaged leaves as needed.

🍃 Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. High humidity levels must be balanced with good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.

Propagation: Propagate 'Beauty Kim' through division or stem cuttings in the spring or early summer. For cuttings, ensure that they include at least one node and a few leaves. Root in water or moist soil, maintaining high humidity for best results.

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