Hi! I am the Prayer Plant! I get my name because during the day I spread my beautiful leaves out and about and at night I raise my hands in the air in a prayer position. I am pretty easy to care for, I just have some specific needs that I need you to attend to. I look great in a hanging basket or on your window sill :) Plus!
I'm one of the most pet friendly plants all around!
Difficulty: easy but has specific needs
Light Needed: moderate, bright, indirect light
Water: moderate, keep soil evenly moist
This plant has oval-shaped, tri-color leaves that rise from a short center stem and drape down. The leaves are deep green with yellow spots down the middle, have red veins, and a red underside. It is known to bloom small, white flowers in the spring. The plant hangs it's leaves during the day and put them upright as the sun goes down. In winter, this plant may die completely and then come back to life in the spring.
Size: Medium (6”)
Where I’m From: Central and South America
Botanical Name: Maranta Leuconeura
Nicknames: Prayer Plant, Maranta
Favorite Hangout Spots: Anywhere without direct sunlight.
While this plant is known to be low-light friendly, it typically prefers bright, indirect light. Be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight.
The soil should always remain moist but not soggy. This plant prefers to be watered with warm or room temperature water. Water plant every 5 days but less during the winter.
Ideal temperatures is 60-80° and prefers warm temperatures. It does not like the cold and should never live in conditions under 55°. 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.
Can grow up to 12 inches tall with leaves that are 6 inches long. Use rich, well-drained soil and fertilizer every 2 weeks, spring through fall only.
Safe and non-toxic to all humans and pets.
Prayer plant gets it’s name for it’s unique habit of raising their leaves to an upright position at night time. The leaves fold together like hands during prayer!