There are some plants that are so beautiful, with so perfect patterns, shapes, that it almost seems artificial, in the sense that is shocking to look at such perfection. But well, cliches apart, nature can be quite the artwork. Prayer plants, also known as maranta, are one of these plants, they almost make you want to kneel before them and praise such beauty. Sometimes I get carried away when talking about plants, but let’s get to it, today we are going to talk about everything concerning prayer-plant care, the different types, soil quality, prayer-plant care, and feeding. So if you want to find out all there is to know about maranta care stick around, because after we finish here you will know how to take care of a prayer plant.
Let’s start with the origin of the prayer-plants (Maranta leuconeura). They are originally plants from the Brazilian tropical forests. They are called prayer plants because in the evening their leaves fold in a way that resembles hands in a prayer position. These beauties are a great addition to your home. Their very unique foliage will definitely bring more beauty and color to the household. Since they spread in a low and wide pattern, they are great for window sills, shelves, mantles, and hanging baskets. Doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or expert in plant care, this plant is a great choice anyway. The maranta has dark green, wide leaves in an oval shape, with light green or white running along the vertical line of the leaf. The underside and veins that hold up the plant come in some different shades of red. They are easy plants in general, and although they can survive in a lower light environment, they prefer a brighter one, strong indirect sunlight. Sunlight and moisture, so a good moist soil will be their happy place. Also, something cool to observe is that they follow the light, folding in the evening and opening up when the sun arrives.
Prayer Plant Types
There is a big variety of prayer-plants, but the most common is Maranta leuconeura. For you to know the best maranta prayer plant care, I will list a few of the varieties of prayer-plants along with the best way to care for them:
Red Prayer Plant, Neon Prayer Plant (since they share basically the same prayer plant care instructions I put them together here).
- In the light department, you should place your prayer plant in a spot indoors that has bright but not direct sunlight. Because too much sun can cause damage to the leaves, altering the color of the leaves and leaving them burnt and with faded color.
- In terms of water, you want to maintain the soil moist, especially during the time that the plant is growing actively which is during spring and summer. But when fall and winter arrive you can reduce the amount of water you give the plant, maintaining the soil in a way that is not too wet or too dry. Use lukewarm water to water, and make sure that you direct the watering to the soil because there is water left sitting on top of the leaves it might cause leaf spot bacteria.
- Since the Red Prayer Plant likes humidity, every few days, you can mist it a little.
- If the temperature is between 20 to 30 celsius during the day and above 12 celsius during the night, your plant will have good growth.
- Feeding it: In the growing season, from spring through the fall, the best care for the prayer plant is to feed it every month. Apply at half strength a houseplant food that is high quality and soluble in water. The soil should be damp when you apply the food to your plant.
- Pruning can be done to encourage your prayer plant to grow fuller, faster, stronger. Using good sharp scissors to clip the plant above the leaf node, which will cause growth below the place of the cut generating the plant to become bushier.
- It is a non-toxic plant for humans, cats, and dogs.
Fishbone Prayer Plant
- The Fishbone prayer plant likes medium to bright indirect light. Again, shouldn’t be left for too long directly under sunlight because it can affect the color and burn the leaves. New leaves will grow solid green if the plant is not getting enough light.
- Prayer plant doesn’t enjoy hard or cold water, so use lukewarm water when watering them. Keep them moist.
- Since they are tropical plants they like humid environments. So if you see that the edges of the leaves are starting to curl up or become brown what you can do is mist them with water regularly. The kitchen and bathroom are good to have them in because they’re usually more humid areas in the house.
- The ideal temperature is between 20 and 30 celsius during the day. And above 15 celsius during the night
- Feed it with plant food at half the strength recommended. Do it monthly during spring and summer.
- Also nontoxic for humans, cats, and dogs.
- If you start to see that the edge of the leaves looks yellow, burnt, it might be because of the quality of your tap water. So if before using it you let it sit out overnight, you give it a chance to let the fluoride and chlorine evaporate. Remove leaves that become yellow to allow your plant to keep growing strong, if only part of it is yellow you can remove just that part.
Other common varieties are the black prayer plant, the ‘Kim’, and Marisela. And the same care for prayer plant that I listed above applies to them too. Hope now you feel more confident about how to care for a prayer plant and that you have a great time with these tropical beauties.
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