How to Root a Prayer Plant

Overview

The prayer plant is commonly known as arrowroot. It is of the Marantaceae species, and has patterned leaves. The leaves fold and bend upright in the evening, thus the plant's name. A prayer plant prefers low light conditions, as are found in its native Central and South American environment. The arrowroot cultivar is often used in foods such as ice cream and confections.

Step 1

Prepare a flower pot by cleaning it with a weak bleach and water solution. Rinse the pot thoroughly. Allow the pot to dry. Fill the pot with a well-draining potting soil, preferably mixed with peat moss or perlite (80 percent soil, 20 percent peat moss or perlite).

Step 2

Moisten the soil mixture thoroughly, but do not "drown" it. Apply the water slowly, so that the peat moss or perlite soaks up the water. You might have to moisten the soil mixture again, especially when using perlite.

Step 3

Place the flowerpot in an area where the prayer plant cuttings will receive some sun--preferably morning sun. While the plant prefers shady areas, it needs some sun to encourage rooting. Choose a spot to the side of a window, or place the pot in the shady area of a screen room or porch.

Step 4

Cut a leaf from a healthy plant. Make sure the leaf has at least 2 inches of stem. Push the cutting into the newly prepared soil mixture (in the flowerpot) and water.

Step 5

Stick four to six stakes into the soil at the outside the flowerpot. Cover the flowerpot with the plastic wrap. This promotes a humid climate, and since the cuttings have no roots this helps replace moisture that is lost to the atmosphere. Since the plant still needs ventilation, do not tie the covering on. Just lay it over the top of the stakes and allow it to hang loosely down to the top of the flowerpot.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Bleach
  • Peat moss or perlite
  • Small stakes
  • Plastic wrap

References

  • UCC: Prayer Plants
  • Texas A & M: Rooting Plants
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