Why Is My Maranta Curling

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Soil that is continually moist is best for your prayer plant. Make sure your plant is not being overwatered or overgrown. Keep a regular watering schedule and water when 25% of the soil is dry.

You might see weak, drooping, and perhaps even beginning to brown and curl leaves on your Prayer Plant if you unintentionally allow the soil to totally dry out. A thorough soak is necessary if the soil is very dry over the entire container.

How to soak-water your prayer plant is as follows:

  • Without the saucer, put your plant in the sink or bathtub. Pour roughly 3 to 4 cups of water into your basin. Check to see if the water is warm.
  • Give your plant at least 45 minutes to absorb water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.
  • After giving your plant a soak, feel the soil’s top to see if the water has gotten to the top 2-3 inches.
  • Water your prayer plants softly from the top of the soil to help hasten soil saturation if not all of the soil feels soaked.
  • Drain the sink or tub once the soil of your plant is evenly moist, and then leave it to rest while it completely drains. Put the plant back in its proper place on the saucer.

Another typical cause of your Prayer Plant’s leaves curling could be your tap water if it doesn’t stop after you’ve established a watering regimen. Salts, chlorine, minerals, and fluoride found in tap water can accumulate in your plant’s soil and cause the tips of its leaves to burn, turn brown, and curl up. Using a water filter system is one solution to this. If you don’t have a filtering system, you can reduce the chlorine in your water by letting it sit in an open container or sink overnight before using.

Verify that your plant is not near any drafts or air-conditioning vents. If the plant is too chilly or too dry from continuous warm airflow, the leaves will curl.

Being a tropical plant, your Prayer Plant will flourish in more humid conditions. By regularly spraying the leaves of your plant, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier close by, you can raise the humidity level in the area around it.

If you see leaves that are tightly curled, this can be typical. Curled leaves that gradually unfold into mature broad leaves are the first signs of new growth.

Why are the leaves on my Maranta curling?

Depending on what is making your Prayer Plant’s leaves curl, you’ll need to take different actions to fix them. The most frequent causes of curled leaves on prayer plants are listed below. Before you take any action to address it, read on and identify the problem.


Maranta leaves that curl are most usually caused by either too much or not enough water. The simple explanation is that prayer plants can be unforgiving if they receive too much or too little water. I will go into proper watering in more detail in the part below. It is best to have the soil constantly moist but not damp in order to prevent these two circumstances from causing leaves to curl.


Curling leaves might also be caused by water quality. Since rainfall is the closest to what plants would receive in nature, I always advise using it to water potted plants. Additionally, it stays away from elements present in tap water like fluoride, chlorine, and salt that are harmful to plants. They may accumulate in the soil and cause the leaf tips to curl and turn brown.

If you are unable to gather rainwater, you can use aquarium water, distilled water, or (at the very least) wait a little before using tap water to let some of the pollutants evaporate. These actions will go a long way in assisting you in obtaining the glossy, flat leaves for which Prayer Plants are renowned.

If watering and water quality are not a problem, exposure to cold The loss of plant leaves could be caused by the plant becoming too cold. Marantas will react when exposed to cold air or drafts. Marantas don’t enjoy the cold because they’re from warm, humid climates. The ideal indoor temperature is normal, but keep open windows away from this plant.

PEST PROBLEMSPlant-eating insects may also be to blame for the curling of leaves. The most likely culprits for this appearance in the leaves are those that harm the plant’s cells by sucking nutrients from the leaf. To rule this out, carefully inspect your plant for scale, aphids, or any other pests. Neem oil is effective against all of these insects after a few applications, if you detect any.

DIRECT LIGHT OR HUMIDITY Finally, curling leaves can be caused by low humidity or excessive sunlight, although usually only in conjunction with other, more pronounced symptoms. You might also see regions of browning and brown, crispy edges on the leaves in these circumstances. Indirect lighting and higher-than-average humidity are favorable to prayer plants.

When leaves curl in, what does that mean?

Excessive water Curled leaves and root rot can both result from potting soil that is excessively wet for too long. Always let the top inch or two (about 2.5 to 5 cm) of soil dry out to prevent curled leaves brought on by too-wet soil. Use only pots that have holes for drainage.

Maranta leaves: do they uncurl?

The leaves of calathea plants prefer to wiggle. A healthy Calathea will turn its leaves slowly to catch the ambient sunlight; a sick Calathea will firmly coil its leaves to indicate concern. The leaves might even uncurl before your eyes once you’ve fixed the issue.

  • Remove your plant from direct sunlight. Because they detest it, catheas’ leaves will get irreversibly damaged if they are exposed to it too often. While relocating them, make sure there is still ambient light available for them to absorb.
  • The room’s temperature should be adjusted. The ideal temperature range for calatheas is 60 to 85 °F (16-29C). Don’t merely check the temperature of the room. Verify the environment’s temperature where your Calathea is located.
  • Increase the environment’s humidity. The most frequent cause of curled Calathea leaves is low humidity. Read my post on raising humidity and use a digital hygrometer to measure the humidity (I couldn’t live without one of them).
  • Alter your irrigation practices. The soil of your Calathea should always be moist, but it should never be submerged in water. To get the ideal equilibrium, closely monitor your watering practices.
  • Use distilled water instead. Your Calathea cannot survive in hard water that contains salt or other minerals. For a healthy plant, think about using rainwater or bottled water.

After completing these steps, your Calathea should appear much brighter, more at ease, and healthier. Any leaves with irreversible damage should be delicately pruned away. Give your Calathea at least a week to adjust to the new circumstances, and keep a close eye on the plant to prevent further issues.

Let’s continue by taking a closer look at the five causes of Calathea leaves curling.

Leaf curl: Can plants recover from it?

According to the University of California, chemicals, particularly the 2,4-D pesticide, can make plants’ leaves curl. The herbicide 2,4-D may stray from its intended path when applied to undesirable plants. Rapid leaf curling and twisted growth are visible on affected leaves. Fruit may appear misshapen and split stems may take on a yellowish hue in certain species. Herbicide-induced damage has no known cure for leaf curl, however depending on the exposure level, the plant may survive. The plant should gradually recover and produce fresh, healthy growth if the chemical does not kill it.

How can you naturally treat leaf curls?

Peaches, apricots, and nectarines are some of the stone fruit trees that Tino has a long-standing romantic relationship with. Unfortunately for him, Peach Leaf Curl is a quite unpleasant fungus.

Peach Leaf Curl is characterized by red, pimple-like deformations on young leaves that worsen as the leaves mature and become ugly. The fungus hinders the tree’s ability to produce a lot of fruit and engage in photosynthesis. The issue will only worsen if left untreated year after year, but the good news is that it is a fungal condition that is simple to treat.

The fungus spores spend the winter in the crevices of the tree’s bark, but they mostly live in the scales of the leaf bud. The cycle repeats when the tree bursts into bud and returns to leaf in the spring because the new growth is reinfected.

The procedure is really straightforward. Tino treats the tree in the late winter with a fungicide that contains copper hydroxide. He thoroughly sprays the tree, giving close attention to the leaf bud scales as well as the fractures and crevices in the bark. A second spray during the autumn leaf fall will also aid trees that are seriously afflicted, he claims.

Additional natural remedies for peach leaf curl include:

  • using Bordeaux mixture, lime-sulfur or copper oxychloride sprays as described above.
  • Any impacted fruit or foliage should be bagged and thrown away.
  • Maintaining good hygiene means picking up any fruit, limb, or leaf debris that collects beneath the tree. These materials can harbor spores that overwinter, reinfecting the tree in the spring.
  • Pick resilient plant varieties.
  • The best defense is to grow robust, healthy plants that receive adequate water and fertilizer. A strong plant will be better able to protect itself from pathogens and pests.

A combination of these measures can almost completely eliminate this fungus issue, and happier stone fruit trees produce superior fruit.



What causes leaves to crumple up?

Curled-down plant leaves may be a sign of overwatering, pest infestation, nutrient deficiencies, or even excessive sunlight. Each issue requires a different approach, such as the application of pesticides, modification of the required care, or complete repotting of your plant.

What signs of leaf curl are there?

Peach, nectarine, and related ornamental plants are susceptible to the springtime disease known as leaf curl. Even while the disease isn’t a concern every spring, it can be quite bad in springs that are chilly and damp after warm winters. The early leaf fall brought on by the leaf curl fungus harms peach trees. The trees become more vulnerable to various illnesses and winter damage as a result of this weakening. Additionally, weaker trees will bear less fruit the following year. When blooms and immature fruit get sick and fall off, the yield may be significantly diminished.


Figure 1 illustrates typical peach leaf curl symptoms. Keep in mind how the diseased tissues have changed.

In the spring, leaf curl symptoms start to show. A reddish or purple hue develops on developing leaves, which are significantly deformed (thickened and puckered). The leaves later turn powdery gray as spores develop on their surface. The leaves then quickly turn brown or yellow and fall.

There is no subsequent spread of this disease from spring-infected leaves to later-season new leaf growth. No additional symptoms will manifest during that growing season once contaminated leaves have fallen. Twigs with disease develop swelling, stunting, and may have a faint golden color. At their tips, they typically generate curled leaves.

Fruit and flowers can get sick, albeit it is uncommon. Shortly after contracting the infection, they die. Fruit with a disease exhibits glossy, rosy, elevated, warty patches.

Causal Organism

The fungus Taphrina deformans is responsible for peach leaf curl. On bark and buds, the fungus survives the winter as spores (conidia). Very early in the growth season, infection takes place. The conidia infect new leaves as they develop from the buds during the spring’s chilly, rainy weather. Tissues of the host plant are vulnerable for a brief time. The tissues harden as they get older. On the upper surface of the infected leaves, the fungus forms an additional type of spore called an ascospore. Ascospores produce more conidia via budding in damp weather. Rain and wind carry these conidia to different areas of the tree, where they will overwinter until the next spring.

The environment can reduce the spread of leaf curl. This helps to explain why the disease does not always manifest itself annually. When the temperature is cool and rainy, leaf curl is worse. Low temperatures are thought to delay leaf tissue maturity, which lengthens the window of opportunity for infection. At temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the fungus can easily penetrate young peach leaves, but below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it can only weakly do so. An illness requires rain.