Arrowroot in the kitchen.
Lovers of indoor plants and on the shelves of flower shops you can often find belozhilchatuyu arrowroot (Maranta leuconeura), which are different color varieties of leaves and the color of their veins.
Popular its shape Kerhovena arrowroot (Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana) has broadly green leaves with a silver stripe along the midrib on both sides of which are located two rows of brown spots. The underside of the leaves glaucous (bluish-green) or reddish. This kind of arrowroot belozhilchatoy growers called "The Frog Princess."
I also like another form with a spectacular, elegant color - tricolor arrowroot (Maranta leuconeura erythroneura, or Maranta tricolor). This species leaves large (reach a length of 12 cm and a maximum width - 7.8 cm), oval, velvety top, dark green with olive areas and bright crimson veins. Bottom leaves are smooth, crimson.
Three-color arrowroot can be grown as a basket plant: its drooping shoots reach a length of 70 -100 cm. This species is not capricious, as many people think - I would rather call it unpretentious.
Since arrowroot - a tropical plant, it is necessary for the successful growth of warm moist air. Arrowroot prefers diffused light: can not stand as direct sunlight and shading. She fit the window south, east, west orientation.
I put a pot of Maranta tricolor on a high kitchen shelf next to a gas cooker and a short walk (about one meter) away from the window. This location arrowroot does not harm - on the contrary, goes only benefit. The air here is always warm: winter and summer. Regular spraying plants with steam coming from the plate, the air saturated with the necessary moisture.
My arrowroot receives as much light as needed to brightly colored leaves. It shoots arch gracefully upward toward the window, the leaves also turn to the light source for its wide plates. Autumn and winter arrowroot not suspend growth, therefore receives the necessary fertilizing and watering.
In such circumstances, my plant feels comfortable throughout the year gives abundant growth and blooms. Arrowroot - short-day plant, and may bloom of our winter. Flowers at the arrowroot small, lilac, not representing decorative value. But it is the flowers - an indication that the plant is in the right conditions for growth and reproduction.