Plant Care Arrowroot

Arrowroot

About Arrowroot

Arrowroot is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Arrowroot likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Arrowroot belongs to the Maranta genus, and is native to Mexico to Tropical America.

Taxonomy

Maranta arundinacea
Maranta
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Arrowroot, maranta, West Indian arrowroot, obedience plant, Bermuda arrowroot, araru, araruta, ararao and hulankeeriya

How to care for Arrowroot

💦 Water

How often to water your Arrowroot

Water needs for Arrowroot
0.5 cups
every 9

Arrowroot needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Arrowroot

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Arrowroot in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Arrowroot: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Arrowroot can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Arrowroot in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Arrowroot

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Arrowroot: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Arrowroot after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Arrowroot is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Arrowroot →

Common Arrowroot Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Arrowroot prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Arrowroot Water Frequency →

Arrowroot Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Arrowroot can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Arrowroot Light Requirements →

Arrowroot Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Arrowroot prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Arrowroot Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Arrowroot does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Arrowroot →

When and How to Successfully Repot Arrowroot →


💩 Fertilizer

Arrowroot should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Arrowroot is native to Central, South America and the Caribbean.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Arrowroot grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Arrowroot →


🌱 Propagation

Arrowroot can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Arrowroot

Arrowroot

Arrowroot


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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