Prayer Plant Care

Prayer Plant Care image by Drew Avery/
Prayer Plant Care image by Drew Avery/


The prayer plant gets its name from its ability to fold its leaves closed at night, giving the appearance of praying hands. The plant needs moderate light and cooler temperatures. It grows extremely well as a houseplant.


Prayer plants do best in moderate light or full light that is filtered. Never place them in direct sunlight. For best growth, set them under a north, east or west window with full sun.


Prayer plants prefer temperatures between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not like drastic temperature changes. Keep them away from any air vents or drafty areas.


The soil must be well-draining with a slightly acidic balance. Use general purpose potting soil with a handful of peat moss. Allow the plant to settle before fertilizing, usually about two weeks. Then, fertilize every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer.


Keep soil evenly moist but never drenched. In the winter, the soil can be slightly drier.


In spring or early summer, divide the plants by stem cuttings and repot cuttings in the same potting mix used for the parent plant.


Prayer plants do best in high humidity. Mist the leaves with water every day and add gravel to the drainage dish to help hold any extra water and increase humidity around the plant.


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