How to Care for a Red Prayer Plant

How to Care for a Prayer Plant

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


light requirements

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


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.  


The Prayer Plant appreciates humidity, so lightly mist it every couple of days.  


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.  


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.  


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.  


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