How to Care For Prayer Plants

Prayer plants thrive in warm areas similar to their rainforest floor home, preferring indirect light over direct bright sun which might burn their leaves.

Plants need humidity, and misting their leaves regularly with room-temperature water can help. Overwatering may result in root rot; while too little soil moisture leads to withered leaves and long spindly stems.


Prayer plants require both bright indirect lighting and additional sources in order to thrive. As direct sunlight will scorch their leaves, keeping medium light conditions similar to their native rainforest environment are best. They prefer rooms that receive partially shaded morning and evening sunshine and benefit from having additional sources. If your prayer plant is struggling in any way, try moving it somewhere with more indirect light and provide additional sources.

If your prayer plant’s leaves have turned brown, this indicates it needs additional water. But watering it properly can be tricky – don’t overwater as that could result in waterlogging of its roots! For optimal moisture retention use well-draining indoor plant soil rich with coco coir or fine moss; and only water when the top inch of soil has dried out completely.

Another frequent issue with prayer plants is when their leaves begin to lose color, usually as a result of too much direct sunlight; colorful varieties such as Calathea Pinstripe, Calathea Rosy and Calathea Dottie require indirect lighting for optimal color production.

To prevent this from happening, be sure to rotate your plant regularly so all sides receive equal light exposure. Furthermore, when using artificial lighting sources (i.e. fluorescent bulbs), make sure they’re kept 12 inches away from your plants for maximum effect.

Addition of a humidifier can also benefit prayer plants, particularly during winter when air can tend to become dryer. Place them on a saucer filled with pebbles and water or mist their leaves daily for extra care. Finally, light pruning two to three times annually helps them flourish by stimulating growth – be sure to cut stems at least a few inches above a leaf while taking extra precautions not to touch their blooms!


As is true of most plants, prayer plants thrive best under medium to bright indirect lighting conditions. Too much direct sunlight will burn its leaves and reduce their color; additionally, exposure to cold temperatures slows growth and may even cause root rot.

Since too much moisture can lead to fungal problems that damage prayer plant roots and stems, regular irrigation should be used to keep soil moist without completely drying it out; using a deep saucer allows excess water to drain off without collecting on its leaves.

As with many houseplants, prayer plants can become vulnerable to pest infestation. Spider mites, mealybugs and aphids may all infiltrate and attack it, leading to its gradual decomposition and eventual dying out. As these insects tend to prefer humid environments where prayer plants flourish, providing their environment is correctly humidified will help avoid their entry.

Water the prayer plant regularly but avoid overwatering it, as overdoing so can result in white residue accumulating at its roots, an indication that there has been too much moisture saturation. Overwatering may also expose roots to rot damage; so always drain any surplus from the saucer after each watering session.

As well, prayer plants should be fertilized once every month with an all-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer that contains the appropriate ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (such as Happy Happy Houseplant or similar brand). Although any fertilizer you select may have an optimal 3:2:1 N:P:K ratio ratio; it’s important that it’s applied sparingly and thoroughly if overfertilization can result in issues like yellowed leaves and root rot.


Prayer plants thrive when provided with enough humidity to absorb moisture through its leaves and stems, helping it regulate internal water levels more easily. Humidity also allows your prayer plant to take in nutrients through its roots that aid its survival.

Under low humidity levels, prayer plants may experience root rot and fungal diseases that can wreak havoc with them. To protect them, ensure the soil drains freely without becoming saturated with moisture.

Monitoring humidity levels of plants is easy: just inspect their leaves! If their tips appear dry and brown, increasing humidity could be necessary.

Increase your prayer plant’s humidity by placing it near other houseplants that thrive in humid environments. Together, these plants can work to maintain an ideal humidity level and prevent it from becoming dry and dull – keeping the moisture flowing around its stems to help ensure maximum benefit to both plants.

Light is another factor which can impact humidity levels of prayer plants. Your plant can thrive under medium to bright indirect sunlight; direct sun should be avoided as this can damage its leaves and leave them looking unhealthy.

If you want your prayer plant to grow more densely, pruning with sterilized garden scissors may help. Simply clip at a leaf node (where leaves meet main stem), to encourage new growth underneath that point – ultimately helping make your plant fuller and bushier!

fertilize your prayer plant twice annually during spring and fall with high-grade water-soluble fertilizer that has an NPK rating of 10-15-10 to promote its health and growth.

If your prayer plant begins to show signs of distress, repotting is likely necessary. Repot in spring or summer using a container that is 1 to 2 inches wider than its current pot; fill with organic-rich potting mix before placing your prayer plant within it. Repotting will prevent its soil becoming too compacted, potentially slowing growth or leading to its death.


Prayer plants prefer warm, humid environments similar to their rainforest home. To achieve this goal, avoid placing them near cold spots that may cause their leaves to wither or heating and cooling vents or doorways which dry out the air and reduce humidity levels.

Since prayer plants have shallow-rooted systems, it’s crucial that you choose a container with good drainage or place the plant in a basket with drainage holes in order to keep soil from remaining too wet for too long – this will prevent root rot from forming in your plant! Furthermore, indirect sunlight should be the goal when cultivating prayer plants – instead hang them up or set them somewhere that receives indirect sun throughout the day.

As with other houseplants, prayer plants are not drought tolerant and must be watered when their top inch of soil dries out to avoid overwatering. Furthermore, room temperature water must be used; cold or extremely hot water could wilt leaves and potentially kill these delicate flowers.

If the leaves on your prayer plant begin to brown or fade in color, this indicates a need for additional moisture. This could have happened either due to overly dry soil conditions or excessive misting; to combat this problem, water the plant less frequently but more regularly; room temperature water (though warmer temperature water is fine) would help as an antidote.

Some have had great success propagating their prayer plant by cutting pieces from its stem and placing it in water; the process, called water propagation, is relatively straightforward: simply cut an inch or two below any leaf node and immerse the node into room temperature water in a glass with indirect lighting; eventually roots will develop within several weeks, ready to be planted into soil when ready.

Prayer plants don’t typically require pruning; however, you may clip it to encourage it to bush out more or to remove dead branches and shape as desired.

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