Prayer plant is the common name for Maranta Leuconeura plant. It is famous for this common name because its leaves stretch flat during the day and fold like praying hands during the night. Its green leaves have very unique shape interrupted with lighter green colour running through a leaf’s spine and different shades of red veins spreading beautifully outwards. It is known to be a not easy plant to grow and take care of. However, if you manage to know exactly what it needs, then you will win a really gorgeous houseplant.
Prayer plant is not tall in length. It can grow up to 12 inches (about 30 cm) which is a suitable size to place it as a great decorative living being on a window sill or your work desk that is preferably close to a light source.
In this article, we are putting the spot light on how to take care of your prayer plant considering several major care aspects.
Water Needs and Humidity
Prayer plant loves water. But be careful of overwatering or underwatering it. Either this or that can cause some leaves to turn yellow and eventually fall. In growing season months, water it whenever the top of the soil starts to become dry. You can keep the plant moist but avoid making it soggy as it may cause fungal issues. During the winter, reduce the amount of water used. Try to use warm or at least room-temperature water. To help you in putting a watering schedule for your prayer plant, you can use GreenHub app that is currently available on IOS App Store and soon on Android Google Play.
The prayer plant prefers the bright indirect light. Avoid exposing it into direct light as it might scorch the leaves and cause brown spots to appear on them, thus eventually killing the plant. On the other hand, it can be tolerant of being placed in low light areas.
An easy choice to select for your plant soil is to use general potting soil. But you need to make sure that it is well drained. If you have troubles with drainage, you can add course sand or perlite to your soil. Also, you can add small-sized rocks to the bottom of the pot if you are using one with drainage holes.
If potting soil is not available to you, you can create your own soil mix. Your mix should be composed of 1 or 2 parts of peat moss, 1 part of course sand and 1 part of loam soil. Make sure that the mix you compose is clean of insects and weed seeds.
Humidity and Temperature Settings
Prayer plants like humid conditions. If the room that you are placing the plant in is not already humid, then try to create a humid environment by misting the plant every day. Also, putting the plant near a water bowl can help in providing the needed humidity for it. Besides that, putting the prayer plant within a group of other plants helps in keeping the surrounding environment humid.
Generally, prayer houseplant likes to thrive within a temperature range of 16 and 27 Celsius. Low temperatures may cause serious problems to the leaves.
Starting with spring months and ending with fall’s, you have to fertilize your prayer plant once every two weeks. In winter months, you can do so just once every month. You can use liquid water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. Be careful of using the fertilizer excessively as it may burn the plant’s roots and cause its leaves to turn brown. Also, try not to forget about your fertilizing schedule because the lack of it may slow the plant’s growth.