Prayer plant, also known as arrowroot, is a family of flowering perennials native to tropical regions of Central and South America, Australia and Africa. It is commonly grown as a houseplant for its ornamental variegated foliage. The leaves of the prayer plant are light green with pink, red or dark green veins and markings. Small white or pink flowers may appear in spring if optimal conditions are provided. Prayer plant is easy to grow indoors and requires only basic care to thrive.
Plant prayer plant in a shallow container filled with standard potting soil. Make a hole in the soil just large enough to hold the root ball of the prayer plant. Insert the root ball into the hole and refill with soil. Water thoroughly to compact the soil around the roots.
Keep the container in a location that receives between two and four hours of indirect sunlight each day. Maintain a constant temperature of between 65 and 80 degrees. Keep a thermometer near the plant to ensure the temperature never leaves the required temperature range.
Water prayer plant twice per week during spring, summer and fall months, or anytime the top two inches of soil are dry to the touch. Reduce the frequency of watering to once per week during winter. Never allow the soil to dry out completely.
Use a spray bottle filled with tepid water to mist the prayer plant once per day. This will increase the relative humidity around the plant. Mist early in the morning so the moisture has a chance to evaporate before nightfall.
Feed prayer plant once every two weeks during spring and summer using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK houseplant fertilizer. Apply fertilizer once per month during winter, when the nutrients are less vital to growth. Refer to the dosage instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the best results.