Prayer Plant Plant Features
Prayer plant is a good houseplant: It's easy to grow, has fun foliage, and is a hardy indoor plant, ensuring you can be pretty successful with it! Prayer plant is a low, spreading plant that's often grown in hanging baskets, but will also grow horizontally along a tabletop or other surface. It's a slow grower, so no matter where you have prayer plant, you don't need to worry about it growing out of bounds.
This hardy indoor plant earned its common name from the fact that the leaves tend to fold together at night, like a pair of praying hands. Most types of prayer plant have variegated foliage, adding to the the plant's interest. Prayer plant does produce flowers, but they're not large or particularly showy. This is a good houseplant to grow for its leaves.
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Prayer Plant Growing Instructions
Grow prayer plant in low, medium, or bright light. In bright light, it's best to protect the leaves from direct sun by using a sheer curtain or other filter.
Water prayer plant just before the soil surface dries. This hardy indoor plant is likes to stay relatively moist (but not sopping wet all the time). Its leaves can start to turn brown if it dries out too much or too often.
Prayer plant doesn't need much fertilizer; just once or twice a year (preferably in spring or summer) is enough to keep it healthy. You can certainly fertilize it more frequently if you wish. Use any fertilizer formulated for indoor plants and follow the directions on the packaging.
Prayer plant prefers above-average humidity levels, but typically grows well in most homes. If your home's air is especially dry in winter, boosting humidity around your prayer plant will make it happier.
Note: Prayer plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Constantly moist soil
Purifies the air
Complement your Prayer Plant with these varieties:
Banana and prayer plant combine together to create an amazingly bold, tropical look.
Use jungle drum's interesting corrugated foliage as a lovely contrast to prayer plant.
Purple perfection's rich color is a stunning complement to prayer plant's variegated spots.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Maranta leuconeura var. leuconeura
Black prayer plant is an especially good houseplant that has silvery-blue leaves dotted with purple and edged in olive green.Exotic Angel
Green prayer plant is a classic variety; it may have been grown by your grandmother! The green leaves have purple markings between the veins.Exotic Angel
Maranta leuconeura 'Kim'
Kim prayer plant is a fun variety that has green leaves, purple spots, and creamy-white streaks.Exotic Angel
Maranta leuconeura 'Marisela'
Marisela prayer plant is a hardy indoor plant with dark green leaves and lighter green markings between the veins.Exotic Angel
Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura
Red prayer plant shows off dark green leaves, purple markings, and rich red veins. It's a lovely houseplant.Exotic Angel