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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Dec 14, 2015 5:28 PM CST
I've kept mine on the moist side too but I thought someone said they can go dormant during the winter season and will reemerge in spring? Confused I get so confused anymore though ... I could very well be thinking of another plant. Green Grin!
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Dec 14, 2015 5:37 PM CST
You are right, Lin. She posted this info on another thread as well, which encouraged me to buy the plant.
http://garden.org/thread/view_...
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 14, 2015 5:41 PM CST
I have one Maranta on the screened porch and the other inside the house and I haven't let either of them dry out, I make sure to keep the soil moist at all times but maybe with the dryer weather this time of year, they just naturally go dormant. I'm not pitching these like I've done with Maranta's in the past ... will keep watch in spring to see if I notice new growth.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 14, 2015 6:49 PM CST
I've seen the dormant thing too. Since they're in group pots, I don't go digging for carcasses if something passes on, which I thought Maranta had done. But new leaves showed up this spring! Calathea ornata did the same thing, but since going dormant, hasn't made more than 1 leaf at a time. IDK what they want either. I gave what I have to offer, which is all I can do.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Dec 15, 2015 11:23 AM CST
I'm the person who stated that the plant will go dormant if it is allowed to dry out or if the humidity is not high enough. They only want moist soil and high humidity. The soil should be kept barely moist in the winter, though. They don't need bright light. One year, as I was tossing my supposed dead plant, I found out that they grow rhizomes like Calatheas, to which they are closely related. So I repotted them and kept them from completely drying out over the winter. Then when it warmed up, I placed the pot outdoors wherein it resprouted. Last winter, my plant surprisingly did not go dormant. I must have done something right. Thumbs up
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Dec 15, 2015 11:31 AM CST
I am curious... what does a going dormant plant look like? Can someone take a picture?
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Kim, like some trees, many plants will lose all their leaves and enter a dormant like state until warmer weather arrives when they begin producing new growth. Plants with rhizomes will completely disappear ... leaves, then stems and nothing is left but what you think is a pot full of soil. I have a Gloxinella lindeniana that completely disappears when it goes dormant. I can't begin to count the number of plants that I've thrown out because when there's nothing but soil showing I forget what was in the pot and thinking that something died, I just dump the contents! I remember once having a container of Cupid's Bow (Achimenes) and I dumped the soil over the edge of my deck into a flower bed thinking the plant in the pot had died ... the next spring I kept finding little Achimenes plants popping up in that bed. Green Grin!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 15, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Agreed, if nothing else is in the pot with a dormant (non-woody) plant, it just looks like a pot of "dirt," no leaves. A dormant woody plant would look like a deciduous tree in winter, with trunk and branches but no leaves. At least with woodies, you can snip a little piece and see if there's still green inside. When something completely disappears above the soil level, it's pretty darn mysterious, and usually assumed dead.
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Dec 15, 2015 9:46 PM CST
When the marantas and related plants go dormant, the leaves curl up and turn brown. The stems turn a papery brown and thin. It just looks like a dead plant. Eventually these fall off, leaving as mentioned, an empty looking pot. Blinking
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 3, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Mine is actually going ganbusters! I seriously doubt our humidity is the reason because if my hands are any indication, our humidity level is very low. (Maybe I'll check it later.) I do wonder, however, if mine is going crazy because it is up high. I have it sitting on the hutch of my desk, so it's probably in a spot of the room where the heat is gathering somewhat. Mine is receiving some indirect light, but I don't know whether it would be considered medium light or something else. Here's a picture of my prayer plant today:


Thumb of 2016-01-03/DogsNDaylilies/943851

..you can see the new growth fairly readily in this. There's sort of an 'upper level' and 'lower level' of leaves. The 'upper level' is all new growth, as is the long, hanging branch (and a few of the leaves near it) on the left.

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