Prayer Plant Care

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Basic Prayer Plant Care

Prayer Plants get their name from the unique way their leaves fold in the evenings, as if they are praying. Below you will all the information you need to take care of a Prayer Plant and diagnose any issues you might run into.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.

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Detailed Prayer Plant Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Prayer Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Prayer Plants prefer bright, indirect light

Although Prayer Plants can survive, and thrive, in most light conditions, the ideal would be a spot with bright but indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves and the colour will fade.

Prayer Plants like moist soil

But this doesn’t mean they like soggy soil. We tend to go for a little and often approach to watering a Prayer Plant to ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out totally but it prevents any overwatering from occurring.

Prayer Plants love humidity

If your home has quite dry air you might want to think about increasing the humidity in the room to help your Prayer Plant. You can invest in a humidifier, mist the leaves every few days, or use a pebble tray.

Keep them away from drafts

Prayer Plants don’t deal so well next to drafty windows or doors as the cooler air from outside will cause shock. Try to keep your plant in the warmer areas of your home.

Use a water-soluble fertiliser

During the growth months, you want to be feeding your Prayer Plant every few weeks using a water-soluble fertiliser. Just make sure not to give it at full-strength as this can cause harm to the roots and slowly kill your plant.

Propagate your Prayer Plant by division

Propagating your Prayer Plant can be quite simple if your plant is fairly mature. Carefully divide the mother plant, ensuring a good amount of roots remain on both parts and place into water or plant straight into well-draining potting soil.

Only ever repot your Prayer Plant in Spring

You shouldn’t need to repot your Prayer Plant very often, every couple of years or so will do. Make sure that when you do repot, that you choose a pot only a few cm bigger than the last or this will cause shock to the main root system and the plant may become unstable.

Prayer Plants are non-toxic to pets and humans

One great thing about Prayer Plants is that they are completely safe for dogs and cats. So you don’t need to worry about your pet coming into contact or digesting part of your Prayer Plant.

Prayer Plant Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Prayer Plant .

Common Problems with your Prayer Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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Curling leaves on a Prayer Plant is most commonly caused by a lack of water or humidity. Make sure to check the moisture in the soil and adjust your watering accordingly. You can also increase the humidity for your Prayer Plant to stop the leaves from drying up and curling inwards. Prayer Plant leaves may also be curling due to temperatures being too low. Make sure your plant isn’t next to any drafty windows or doors as the cool air from outside may be causing your Prayer Plant’s leaves to curl.

Brown leaves on a Prayer Plant are often caused by a lack of humidity or too much or too little sunlight. You can read more about what is causing it here.

If you notice yellow spots forming on your Prayer Plant’s leaves it is probably caused by bad water quality. Try to filter your water to remove the fluoride in your tap water. Alternatively you can also use rainwater.

If you notice that your Prayer Plant’s leaves are discolouring, it may be due to too much direct sunlight. Try moving your Prayer Plant to a shadier spot in the room.

Brown tips on a Prayer Plant is most commonly caused by dry air. If your room lacks humidity, it will cause the leaves to dry out, starting at the tips.

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