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norbert122
Sep 21, 2021 2:16 AM CST
Hi all,
my maranta is super happy, even though it does have some brown tips. It has been constantly flowering for about 5 months, and it grows very quickly! so I am very excited about it, and like it very much.
Therefore, I often look at it and noticed some weird things growing on it, and they become larger and larger. This is why I decided to ask.
It has these strange looking things growing on a couple of places, a picture of one is attached. I have never read about marantas having aerial roots; I have read somewhere that marantas could have "runners" (?) similar to the ones spider plants have, but I am not sure what it is. I don't think it is something bad, I'm just curious what it is and what it means when my plant is making lots of these.

As I said, it looks like some aerial root, it bends down to the soil and then back upwards. One of those things doesn't have soil contact, and decided to unfurl a new leaf, but interestingly, the new leaf is very small compared to the normal ones. The thing on the picture has no leaves yet, but from experience with the other things I know it will also produce some leaf, but just a tiny one. However I don't know what happens after that; maybe the tiny leaves will grow larger.

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Humboldt
Sep 21, 2021 10:50 PM CST
Interesting.

Never seen maranta aeirals before but googled it and they're out there.

I'd say you're doing something or lots of things right with such a healthy plant if that's the case.

If they're producing leaves, however small, I don't think they're aerial roots. Wrong a lot though, just never seen that.
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2021 7:55 AM CST
It sounds like it is so happy that it is branching out, if it not an adventitious root. A pic @ this site is the best example I could find:
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norbert122
Sep 24, 2021 5:59 AM CST
Ha, interesting that the experts in this forum also don't know what it is :-)
attached is a picture of one of these things that didn't touch soil when it grew. It recently decided to unfurl a leaf, but it is less than half the size of the normal leaves.

Also the thing on the first picture I posted is still growing towards the soil. Maybe it is a runner like from a spider plant? can marantas produce such runners?

I did not know I am doing lots of things right, because I read that marantas are difficult. I give it tap water. From time to time, I forget about it and it dries out slightly.
But I guess the humidity in my apartment is good, as it is regulated to around 55%. The plant seems to like it, indeed! otherwise it would not have been flowering for four months. I tried to pollinate some of the flowers with a small brush, and one of them formed what I thought was a seed pod. But I didn't take photos of it. I planted it, but nothing grew out of it.

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Humboldt
Sep 24, 2021 9:27 PM CST
norbert122 said:Ha, interesting that the experts in this forum also don't know what it is :-)
attached is a picture of one of these things that didn't touch soil when it grew. It recently decided to unfurl a leaf, but it is less than half the size of the normal leaves.

Also the thing on the first picture I posted is still growing towards the soil. Maybe it is a runner like from a spider plant? can marantas produce such runners?

I did not know I am doing lots of things right, because I read that marantas are difficult. I give it tap water. From time to time, I forget about it and it dries out slightly.
But I guess the humidity in my apartment is good, as it is regulated to around 55%. The plant seems to like it, indeed! otherwise it would not have been flowering for four months. I tried to pollinate some of the flowers with a small brush, and one of them formed what I thought was a seed pod. But I didn't take photos of it. I planted it, but nothing grew out of it.

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Please let us know what the following leaves look like (normal or small like this).

Trying to help you with this.
Googled "maranata new weird shoots small leaves"

I'm seeing everything from salt build-up, to over-watering, too little light, and too little fertilizer.

If it was mine I'd start with water first, light next (pictures look bright).

Looks too young too have fertilizer issues yet and I've never experienced those after years of no fertilizer.

Salt...what's you're local water like? Seeing any white build up near the drainage holes?

Doubtful but I had that issue long time ago when I lived in Arizona.




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Humboldt
Sep 24, 2021 9:29 PM CST
Never seen Maranta runners.

I'm seeing more and more pictures of aerial roots, but if it sprouts a leaf I don't think it still classifies as an aerial root.

Someone please let me know if I'm wrong.
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