Red Prayer Plant
I'm the Red 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 but I require a little bit of attention. I look great in a window sill or on a shelf to add a splash of color into your home. My leaves are non-toxic to pets and will help purify the air in your space. I'm a great choice for new plant parents.
Difficulty Level: relatively low maintenance
Light Needed: low to bright, indirect light
Water: keep the soil moist
Plant Traits: air purifying, easy indoor plant, pet-friendly, low light
The Red Prayer Plant has green oval-shaped leaves that rise from a short center stem and drape down. They are green in color with red veins throughout the foliage and a red underside. 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.
Botanical Name: Maranta leuconeura
Nicknames: Prayer Plant, Maranta, Red Prayer Plant, Praying Hands
Plant Type: Evergreen perennial
Native To: Brazil
Mature Size: Up to 10" - 12" tall and 15" - 18" wide
Leaf Color: Green, Burgundy Red
Leaf Shape: Oval-shaped
Growing Season: Spring through fall
Favorite Rooms: Bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room
Health Benefits: Filters harmful air pollutants from your space
Grow Pot Size: 6" wide x 5" tall
Plant Height: about 7" tall (including pot)
Plant Weight:about 1.9 lb
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Our biodegradable grow pots are made of 50% sphagnum peat, wood fiber and lime to adjust the pH. The peat content provides a combination of superior root penetration, good drainage and aeration whilst the wood fibers strengthen the pot.
Designed for easy transplant. They are 100% compostable and approved for organic production. Simply place the entire biodegradable pot into your planter and the roots of your plant will soon grow through and decompose the pot.
ECO-FRIENDLY ROOT POUCH
Our recycled & semi-degradable eco-friendly fabric bags are made from a mix all natural fibers and recycled plastic water bottles saved from landfills. The breathable fabric allows for your plants to stay cool in the summer and provides good drainage to avoid overwatering. They provide a healthy environment for your plant to grow by pruning the roots and creating dense, healthy root structures.
These fabric bags are washable and recyclable. It will take 1-2 years for the bags to semi degrade. Use your fabric bag as a decorative planter and remove from the bag when it is time to repot. This planter is designed by Root Pouch.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safe and non-toxic to all humans and pets.