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How to care for your Maranta Leuconeura - Prayer Plant

DATE:July 26, 2020BY:Little Pilea

Maranta Leuconeura, also known as the Prayer Plant, is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Eastern Africa, Central and South America. It is sought after for its magnificent red veined leaves. Surprising to many plant-parent, the Prayer Plant is a 'live' plant whose leaves can reactively roll up after watering or misting.


Although the Prayer Plant can tolerate low light environment, it thrives best with bright indirect sunlight. You can observe the Prayer's leaves and adjust the lighting conditions accordingly. If there is too much light, the color of the leaves will start fading. On the other hand, too little light can cause the leaves to not roll up fully in the morning.


How to care for Red Prayer Plant
The Red Prayer Plant



Hailing from the tropical region, the Prayer Plant likes high humidity. It enjoys a good misting with warm water every few days. You can also place it among other house plants to create a more humid room ecosystem. The Prayer Plant requires the soil to be evenly moist but not soggy. It is best to water the plant with lukewarm water normally once every 5-7 days.

How to care for Prayer Plant
The 'Kim' Prayer Plant



The ideal temperature for the Prayer Plant is between 60°F-80°F.


During the growing season, from spring through fall, you can feed your Prayer Plant with an all-purpose fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to promote growth. It is important to give your plant enough water during the growing season as well.


Maranta Leuconeura is not toxic for dogs, cats and humans. Nonetheless, please always take extra caution and keep houseplants out of reach of children and pets.


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