Houseplants forum: Plant Identifacation

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Name: Jerri Kuchenmeister
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Mar 14, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Can someone first please help me to identify this type of plant. This picture isnt of "my" plant but I do have this plant at home. I received this plant as a gift and it was getting too big so I repotted it and seperated it from the group. Its gettting bigger and bigger quickly, My next question is can this plant be propagated. Im not very familiar with this process. Any advice/ideas would be grately appreciated... Thank you .
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Mar 14, 2013 10:59 AM CST

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Hi Jerri, welcome to ATP!
Not sure how populated this forum is, we do have a Plant ID forum but I just happened to notice this in the new threads/posts lists.
This is a Maranta leuconeura or Red-Veined Prayer Plant. Propagation is by division, since your plant is getting bigger, that should be easy to do, looking at where it's created separate sections. The plants have a shallow root system so can be planted in shallow pots. They like the soil to be kept moist so try not to let it dry out, reduce moisture from fall to late winter. A good idea is to place the pot in a tray of wet pebbles to increase humidity. And no direct sunlight, it will burn the leaves.
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Name: Jerri Kuchenmeister
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Vegetable Grower
Mar 14, 2013 11:25 AM CST
I will try and divide it this weekend... Hopefully it works out well.
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Mar 14, 2013 7:19 PM CST
That is a lovely "Prayer Plant"! Here's the link to the database for Maranta leuconeura: Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
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