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How To Make Your Plants Happy: Green Prayer Plant Care Guide

Drawing of green prayer plant

Light

While this plant is known to be low-light tolerant, it typically prefers bright, indirect light. Be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid burning the leaves.

Water

The soil should always remain moist but not soggy. This plant prefers to be watered with warm or room temperature water. Water the plant every 5 days but less during the winter.

Environment

Ideal temperatures is 60ºF - 80ºF and it prefers warm temperatures. It does not like the cold and should never live in conditions under 55ºF. Keep away from hot or cold air drafts. Requires high humidity. Mist the leaves daily in the morning with warm water only. You can also place near other plants or leave a bowl of water nearby to boost humidity levels.

Growth

This plant can grow up to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide with leaves that are 6 inches long. Fertilize every 2 weeks, spring through fall only, when the plant is actively growing.

Repotting

This plant does not have to be repotted often but it does not like to be root-bound or pot-bound. When you do repot, use rich, well-draining soil and choose a pot that it about 1" larger in size. The best time to repot is in spring.

Propagating

You can propagate the plant with cuttings. Take a stem cutting beneath the node and place in a glass of water. Repot into moist soil when the roots are 2" long.

Toxicity

Safe and non-toxic to all humans and pets.

Green prayer plant leaf

About the Green Prayer Plant

Botanical Name: Maranta leuconeura ‘Kerchoveana’

Nicknames: Prayer Plant, Maranta, Green Prayer Plant, Praying Hands, Rabbit Tracks Plant, Calathea Rabbit Foot

The Green Prayer Plant has green oval-shaped leaves that rise from a short center stem and drape down. They are green in color with spots that look dark brown or deep green that fade as the plant grows older. It is known to bloom small, white flowers in the spring. The plant hangs its leaves during the day and put them upright as the sun goes down. This plant can filter air pollutants and does well in low to bright light. It is relatively easy to care for and great for beginners. 

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