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Mar 2, 2017 10:28 AM CST
I got 2 cuttings from my friends Marnta tricolor prayer plant about a month ago. But now just when I thought new leaves were appearing it's instead curling up on both sides of the leaves and going brown dry crispy and dead on the bottom of the leaves.

A more detailed history of my cuttings:
When I first got them I placed them in a cup of water to allow roots to grow, but after about a week or so its started to go brown and dead on the tips of the leaves. I read online that people had had more success by planting them in sand or a lightweight potting mix. So thats when I took them out of the water, dipped them in a honey solution and planted them in a 50/50 mix of sand and cactus soil. Two new leaves (one from each cutting) then started to come out and unfold. But then the other leaves started curling in as if they wanted to go back in the earth, and the dead tips are slowly spreading up each leaf. I try to mist them every day as i live in scandinavia and its rather dry and cold inside this time of the year. It gets indirect light from a growlight, a big calathea gives it shade.

So how do I save my cuttings? Are they even dying? I really need these guys to survive if at all possible :O
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Name: Lin
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Mar 2, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Hi Emilysplants, Welcome!
I've never tried growing Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) from leaf cuttings and I'm not even sure if leaves will form roots. Maranta are grown from underground rhizomes which are usually divided for new plants.

That being said, I don't know much about Maranta ... it's one plant that I've had difficulty keeping alive for extended periods. I have one that's been sitting in it's pot out in the yard beneath a tree for almost a year and it's just barely alive:
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Hopefully someone more familiar with propagating Maranta will be along to offer advice.

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Mar 3, 2017 8:17 AM CST
It's acting like as if it doesn't have enough water and/or that it's cold. When rooting any cutting, it needs warmth, light and to be constantly moist. (Not wet) Do not mist it though, that will make it more difficult to fix. For some reason marantas do not like misting, they like humidity in the air around them. Similar to a terrarium.

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Mar 3, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I've only grown it successfully once when I lived in a tropical area with a lot of high heat and humidty. I've tried it in my home in drier locations and never have had any success. You could try it with extra light and humidity in a bathroom if you have the space for it.
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