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Prayer Plant Care

Prayer Plants feature unique foliage with feathered, painterly-like veins. The bold foliage makes Prayer Plants perfect for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color. Prayer Plants get their name from the way the leaves fold in the evening, resembling hands folded in prayer.

How to care for your Prayer Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Prayer Plant. This guide will tell you how to water a Prayer Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Red Prayer Plant

LIGHT

Place your Red Prayer Plant in bright, indoor light. Avoid putting it in direct sun—too much sun will fade the leaf colors and burn the foliage.

WATER

Keep the soil consistently moist when your Prayer Plant is actively growing in spring and summer, but reduce water from fall through late winter. Your Red Prayer Plant does not like its soil to be too wet, nor too dry. When watering, use lukewarm water and make sure to water the soil, not the leaves. Water sitting on the leaves can cause leaf spot bacteria.

HUMIDITY

The Red Prayer Plant appreciates humidity, so lightly mist it every few days. 

TEMPERATURE

Your plant will grow well in temperatures between 68-85 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.

FOOD

During the growing season (spring through fall), feed your Red Prayer Plant every month. Use a high-quality water-soluble houseplant food applied at half strength. Make sure your soil is damp before feeding your plants.

TOXICITY

The Red Prayer Plant is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

You can prune your Prayer Plant to encourage fuller, more vigorous growth. Use a sterilized pair of sharp scissors and clip the stems right above a leaf node. The plant will grow new shoots directly below the cut area making for a bushier appearance. 

See also: Common Issues →

Fishbone Prayer Plant

LIGHT

A Fishbone Prayer Plant will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight–the leaves will fade and become scorched. If there is too little light, the new leaves will appear solid green.

WATER

For best results, keep your Fishbone Prayer Plant moist, but not wet or saturated. When watering, use lukewarm water they do not like to dry out and do not like cold or hard water.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Fishbone Prayer Plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray. The Fishbone Prayer Plant will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or from the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Fishbone Prayer Plant enjoys the warmth–preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer, diluting the plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Never feed a Fishbone immediately after repotting, wait at least 4 weeks.

TOXICITY

Fishbone Prayer Plants are non-toxic and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternative water choices are distilled or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. If only a portion of the leaf is brown or yellow, go ahead and carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

See also: Common Issues →

Neon Prayer Plant

LIGHT

Place your Neon Prayer Plant in bright, indoor light. Avoid putting it in direct sun—too much sun will fade the leaf colors and burn the foliage.

WATER

Keep the soil consistently moist when your Prayer Plant is actively growing in spring and summer, but reduce water from fall through late winter. Your Prayer Plant does not like its soil to be too wet, nor too dry. When watering, use lukewarm water and make sure to water the soil, not the leaves. Water sitting on the leaves can cause leaf spot bacteria.

HUMIDITY

Your Neon Prayer Plant appreciates humidity, so lightly mist it every few days. 

TEMPERATURE

Your plant will grow well in temperatures between 68-85 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.

FOOD

During the growing season (spring through fall), feed your Prayer Plant every month. Use a high-quality water-soluble houseplant food applied at half strength. Make sure your soil is damp before feeding your plants.

TOXICITY

Your Prayer Plant is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

You can prune your Prayer Plant to encourage fuller, more vigorous growth. Use a sterilized pair of sharp scissors and clip the stems right above a leaf node. The plant will grow new shoots directly below the cut area making for a bushier appearance.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Prayer Plant?

Botanical Classification: Maranta leuconeura

Full Description

The Maranta Red Prayer Plant has soft dark green leaves with feathered, painterly-like centers of light green and red veins. The colorful foliage and slow growth make this a perfect plant for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color.

The Red Prayer Plant is an easy plant—place it in a sunny spot, keep it’s soil damp, and mist it’s leaves once a week and it will flourish.

The Red Prayer plant gets its name from the way the leaves fold in the evening because they resemble hands folded in prayer. They are native to the rainforests of Brazil, and although this houseplant is somewhat tolerant of low light conditions, the Prayer Plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity.

Fun Fact

The leaves of Prayer Plants follow the light. You’ll notice the leaves folded in and more compact at night, while they open up with the sun each day.

Pictured Left: Red Prayer Plant
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Your Prayer Plant loves humidity, so mist often!
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Red Prayer Plant

Colorful and bold with hints of red on two-toned leaves
easy to grow and low maintenance, low to bright indirect light
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