How to Cut a Prayer Plant


The prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a distinctive houseplant because of its patterned foliage. The plant derives its name from the fact that the leaves fold up at night, as if in prayer. It’s an easy to care for houseplant but requires humidity and protection from direct sun.

Step 1

Cut 4 inches from the tip of a prayer plant stem. Make the cut just below a node (small bump where a leaf joins the stem).

Step 2

Remove all the leaves from the lower half of the stem.

Step 3

Dip the cut end of the stem into the rooting hormone then place it in a glass of distilled water. Make sure the water level remains below the leaves.

Step 4

Place the cutting in an area that receives diffused sunlight. Change the water daily.

Step 5

Remove the cutting from the water when the roots are 1 inch long. Fill a small planting pot with potting mix, create a hole in the soil large enough to accommodate the prayer plant’s roots and place the roots in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and pack it around the base of the plant.

Step 6

Place the potted prayer plant in a shady area and keep the soil moist while it becomes established. Mist the cutting daily with distilled water.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp scissors or pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Distilled water
  • Small planting pot
  • Potting soil


  • Texas A&M University: Propagating Foliage and Flowering Plants
  • “Foliage Houseplants”; James Underwood Crockett; 2001
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