No Praying Needed for the Prayer Plant

Prayer plants have extraordinary foliage, making these kinds of plants ideal for shelves, mantles, and windowsills that could use a touch of color.

These plants are appropriately named because of how they fold up when night comes – an appearance that resembles praying hands.

Caring for a Prayer Plant

Prayer plants can be cared for by following the instructions below. By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll know how prayer plants should be watered properly, what their humidity, temperature, and light preferences are, and other details that can help them flourish.

Plant Sunlight

The prayer plant should be kept indoors in a light area. Just don’t put it under direct sunlight. Too much of it will cause the leaf’s colors to fade and the foliage to burn.

The soil should be kept consistently moist during the springtime, as well as in the summer. This is when the prayer plant will be actively growing. Likewise, water should be reduced, starting in the fall and all the way through the end of winter. Red player plants will not thrive if the soil is too wet or dry.
As such, when you’re watering the plants, lukewarm water should be used. The soil is what you should be watering, as opposed to the leaves. Any water that sits on them can result in bacteria forming on the leaf’s spots.

Plant Humidity HUMIDITY

Red player plants appreciate humidity. As such, you should lightly mist them every three days or so.

Preferred Temperature    TEMPERATURE

The plant will thrive in daytime temperatures that range between 68° and 85°F. At nighttime, it will be just fine at temperatures over 55° F. Keep the prayer plant away from any drafts, particularly in the winter where the room temp might be higher but by a leaky window, your plant is going to suffer a bit. The plant shouldn’t be left in an area that is drafty, nor should you leave it right under a heating/cooling vent. If you do, the leaves will end up curling. Consistently warm airflow will dry up the plant. A draft will make it feel cold. Both elements will ultimately result in curling.

Plant Fertilizer     FOOD

Starting in the spring and moving all the way to fall, when the prayer plant’s growing season is at its peak, it should be fed each month. High-quality houseplant food that is water-soluble should be given to it at 50% strength. The soil should be damp for the plants that are fed.

Plant Propagation PROPAGATION

Toxic to AnimalsTOXICITY Red player plants are NOT Toxic to humans, cats, and dogs.

Did you know for plants DID YOU KNOW?

A prayer plant’s leaves are drawn to the light. Its leaves fold inward at nighttime very compactly. When the sun comes out, the leaves open up.


The prayer plant can be pruned for the sake of stimulating more vigorous and fuller growth. Sharp scissors that are sterilized can be used to clip the plant’s stems, which should be done right over a leaf’s node. These plants will grow brand-new shoots right under the area that is cut, creating a bush-like appearance. Why do Prayer plant leaves curl? Leaves on a prayer plant may start curling for several different reasons. Let’s go over a few of them:

The Soil Is Incredibly Dry

Prayer plants are partial to consistently moist soil. As such, your plant should neither be under-watered nor over-watered. Rather, the watering schedule should be consistent. When the plant’s top 3 inches of soil is dry, water it. If a prayer plant’s soil is left to dry out, then the leaves will start to go limp and droop. They might even start to curl up or turn brown. If soil is very dry, an intense soak will be necessary; however, if the soil is dry throughout the entire pot, a full soak will be even more critical.

Soaking a Prayer Plant

The plant should be placed in either a tub or sink, sans the saucer. The basin should be filled up with approximately 3 inches or 4 inches worth of water. Just don’t use hot water. Let the plants soak the water up from the bottom area of a pot – specifically its drainage hole – for 45 minutes (at the very least). Touch the soil’s top area after the plant has soaked. If the water hasn’t penetrated the top 3 inches of soil, then it will feel saturated. You should then water the plants from the soil’s top area very lightly to expedite the saturation. If the soil’s dampness is even, then drain out the tub/sink. Let the prayer plant rest as it thoroughly drains. Afterward, you can put the plant onto the saucer again before transitioning it back to its usual spot.

Quality of Water

If the plant continues to curl after you’ve implemented some kind of watering schedule, then the water you are feeding the plant could be the issue. Tap water tends to contain fluoride, minerals, chlorine, and salt. All of these compounds can accumulate in the plant’s soil. This results in the leaves’ tips burning up, turn brown, then curl up. You can rectify this issue by using some kind of water-filtration mechanism. If no such system is available, simply leave the water in a sink or open container overnight before you use it again. Doing so can go a long way towards relieving the chlorine in it.

Insufficient Humidity

Because prayer-plants are tropical, they will flourish in humid environments. Therefore, the humidity surrounding your plants should be increased. You can do this by misting its leaves regularly, keeping a humidifier close by, or making use of pebble trays. Why Do my Prayer Plant Have Spots? Don’t be alarmed if a prayer plant is sporting spots. Fixing this is easy to do. Spots usually come about because of fungal disease or low-quality tap water.


If yellow spots start to spread and develop a tan tone (perhaps even yellow halos), the fungus may have set in. Houseplant fungicide is capable of killing any fungal disease that is active. It is also capable of preventing outbreaks from happening in the future.

Follow directions to the letter on the package it comes in. Alternatively, a DIY fungicide is easy to make. All you need is some baking soda (2 teaspoons) and mineral oil (2 teaspoons). Shake up this concoction and pour it into a water spray bottle. You can then start spraying infected areas of your plant. Repeat the process each day until the spots are no longer evident.

Spots On Leaves

More often than not, prayer plant spots on leaves happen because of water quality issues.

The tap water that you are using may contain too much salt, chlorine, or fluoride. This will be particularly true if a water softener is used. Distilled water is what should be used on a prayer plant. Consider leaving a pitcher’s worth of water from your tap completely uncovered overnight.
By doing so, minerals inside of it will evaporate. In the morning, you can then use this water on your plant. When watering your plant, take steps to make sure no water splashes onto its leaves. Lukewarm water is what you should be using, which should freely flow from the pot’s bottom area and into either the prayer plant’s saucer or your sink. Don’t let water accumulate in your saucer, though.

Prayer plants don’t care for “wet feet.” Watering should be done in the a.m., as this will give the plants plenty of hours under the sun to dry itself down. Be sure to place the plants somewhere where it is exposed to bright light (indirectly) during the recovery period.

Maranta red prayer plants sport green leaves of a soft dark tone. They have feathered centers that are painterly–like, and contain light red and green veins.

Such colorful foliage is what makes these plants perfect to place on mantles, shelves, and windowsills that could use a touch of color. This plant should be placed in a reasonably sunny spot. Its soil should be kept damp. The leaves should be misted weekly in order to help them flourish. This slow-growing plant earned its unique name because of how it folds.

At nighttime, the leaves resemble hands that are folded in a prayer position. They are usually found in Brazilian rain forests.

While this particular houseplant can tolerate light conditions in low settings, it will thrive under bright areas with high humidity and indirect sunlight.

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