Information About Prayer Plants

Red Veined Prayer Plants: Tips On Caring For A Red Prayer Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Indoor tropical plants add an exotic feel to the home and the red-veined prayer plant also has another neat attribute, moving leaves! Caring for a red prayer plant requires specific conditions. To learn about care for this fussy little plant, click here.

Types Of Prayer Plant: Growing Different Prayer Plant Varieties

By Amy Grant

There are anywhere from 40-50 species or types of prayer plant. Of the many varieties of Maranta, only two prayer plant varieties make up the bulk of nursery stock used as houseplants or for other ornamental uses. Click this article to learn more.

Brown Leaves On Prayer Plants: Why Do Prayer Plant Leaves Turn Brown

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There are number of reasons the foliage on a houseplant can turn brown. Why do prayer plant leaves turn brown? Take a good look at this article to unlock the riddle of why you have brown leaves on prayer plants. Click here for more info.

How To Grow Prayer Plants & Prayer Plant Propagation

By Heather Rhoades

Most people are familiar with how to grow prayer plants. The prayer plant is easy to grow but has specific needs. Learn what those needs are in this article, including tips for propagating these plants.

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The symptoms:
*Bright yellow leaves that eventually dry out
*No longer closing at night

A bit about the plant:
*We have a west-facing studio apartment with lots of lot (as we have a sliding glass door)
*The maranta sits a few feet from the glass door, but off to the side - so it gets indirect light (though sometimes the corner it sits in is not always as bright as the rest of the room)
*It's planted in a ceramic pot (no drainage) but it has stones in the bottom
*It is given a little water every day to keep the soil moist
*Temps are between 65F (night time A/C) and 80F, but typically low 70's

We bought it from a lady that sells houseplants at our local farmers market, and she put it in "houseplant soil" - beyond that I am unsure.

We did feel uncomfortable about not having drainage in the bottom as well, but the lady who sells us the plants says she uses these types of pots for many of her plants and never has problems. Though I suspect she has a greener thumb than we do!

Plants are slow to react to stressful conditions. Yours may not be reacting to the incorrect (as Christine has pointed out) potting that was done or the improper watering or perhaps not enough light. I suggest making a few adjustments and waiting to see if it stabilizes before doing anything drastic like repotting.

Trim off any discolored leaves as they will not recover. Remove any loose soil that is on the surface. Water it only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Give it just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in a week. Give it the brightest possible light that is not direct sun rays falling on the leaves. Rotate it so one side does not get more light than the other.

I am updated my location. We are in Minneapolis (Zone 4a apparently - I'll have to research what that means!).

Knowing When to Prune

After two or three years, a single prayer plant may have a 1-foot spread. Multiple plants may begin trailing over the edges of a shared pot. When a container plant becomes leggy or too wide for its pot, cut it back to the soil line. Use clean, sharp pruning shears disinfected between cuts with a rag dipped in rubbing alcohol. To thin a dense garden plant, cut back its excessive or declining shoots. Pruning indoor or outdoor prayer plants is acceptable at any time of year, and they respond with healthy new growth.

4. What’s the proper technique for transplanting?

While every plant will require a slightly different method, here are the basics: First, mark where you want to move your plants. Then make sure the root ball of the plant you are moving is well watered. Next, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and at least as deep this preserves as much of the root system as possible. Do not roughen up the sides of the root ball. Instead, make sure the sides of your planting hole are jagged so that roots penetrate easily. Now make a firm cone of soil in the center of the hole where you will set your root ball. Next step is to water the soil where your plant will go, carefully lower your plant into the hole and make sure it sits slightly above the soil line. Refill the hole with garden soil mixed with a rich planting mix and gently pat it down to settle your transplant into bed. Tip: You can also add a tablespoon of bone meal to the soil mix to encourage root growth. Last, water thoroughly.

  • Water: plants love water, and you should not keep them thirsty for long if you know what’s right for them. Keep the soil consistently moist without overdoing it, and the plant will perform relatively well. A good watering can will do the trick just ensure you are using should be at the least room temperature if not warm – the prayer plants don’t like cold baths! Reduce watering during winter.
  • Light: the ideal lighting for prayer plants is indirect bright light. Avoid the temptation of keeping it in direct sunlight as that can lead to the scorching of the leaves. You can let the plant hang pretty near a window where the direct rays of the sun cannot reach it.If you notice the tips of the leaves turning brown or folding up, they are probably getting too much light, and you should move them to another spot with no direct sunlight striking the plant.This problem can also be as a result of using tap water. The chlorine in the water can easily cause the leaves to turn brown. Use distilled water instead or allow your tap water to sit for several minutes before watering.
  • Soil: any regular potting soil can be used, but it has to be well-drained. If not, you can add coarse sand or perlite. And to enhance drainage, add gravel or rocks at the bottom. Make sure the pot also has a hole for drainage.
  • Feeding: they should be fed after every two weeks with a highly soluble food designed for houseplants.
  • Pruning: pruning encourages vigorous growth. Do it by clipping the appropriate stems, and this will lead to the growth of new shoots for a bushier appearance. Make use of sterile gardening scissors.
  • Repotting: repotting is always a good idea to ensure that the plants continue doing better and making you proud. When roots outgrow the pot, they tend to grow slower than necessary.You can trim the roots, change the soil and use the same pot. Alternatively, you can get a slightly bigger pot, fill it with the right potting mix and add the plants.
  • Propagation: propagating the plant is not an uphill task. Just get a stem cutting from below the leaf node, deep it in the rooting hormone and then in a glass of water. Be sure to change the water after every few days. The best cuttings are those closest to the bottom of the stem.You can use the same process with a branch that has broken off – of course, it is not waste, treat it just like a cutting and dip in the distilled water.Don’t rush to pot the cutting but wait until the roots are at least an inch long. That way, they have a better chance at life.Alternatively, you can dip the cutting directly into the soil without following all the above process. However, the soil should be moist, day in day out.

Your planting medium can as well be a mixture of perlite and peat. Make sure that they are forever moist and should be covered in plastic to keep it that way. Poke holes on the plastic to ensure adequate ventilation – after all, your mission is not to choke the plant. Finally, place the cutting somewhere with sufficient indirect sunlight.

  • Dealing with Pests and Diseases: some of the pests that invade the player plant include aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. In that case, it is always best to inspect all new houseplants before you welcome them into your home. Also, make it a habit of inspecting player plants when feeding or watering so that you can identify a pest problem early enough. The helminthosporium leaf spot is one of the common diseases that your prayer plant can get. You will identify it by the leave with water-soaked spots. This disease should never be ignored as it can quickly kill your houseplant in a matter of days.You can easily control helminthosporium by not making the leaves too wet and not over-watering. Neem oil will also manage any developing outbreak.

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