The Maranta leuconeura, also known as the ever-popular Prayer Plant, can quickly change from appearing healthy and cheerful to looking droopy and depressed. But why on earth does this occur? These natives of Brazil thrive in hot, muggy weather with lots of sunshine. Even while it could be difficult to replicate their natural habitat inside, doing so can greatly improve your Prayer Plant’s usually lifeless appearance.
Droopy Low humidity, too dry or damp soil, or excessive sunlight are frequently the causes of prayer plants. A Prayer Plant that appears wilted, shriveled, and depressed could be the consequence of any one of these factors. Prayer Plants enjoy humid weather, evenly moist soil, and bright, indirect sunlight because they are tropical plants.
Don’t worry if your prayer plant is wilting. The most frequent reasons why Marantas are unhappy are covered in this article, along with solutions. A lot of the issues that can make a prayer plant droop can be resolved with little to no tools.
How can a prayer plant be revived?
A while back, my cousin gave me a Prayer plant. Up until the point when it started to show signs of dying, everything was going very smoothly. It would be disastrous, so I devised a scheme to resurrect it.
It would be unfortunate if this plant perished due to bad environmental conditions and other strange occurrences. Overwatering, bugs, and other issues can bring prayer plants to their knees.
Remove the dead leaves, let the soil to completely dry, spray the plant with pesticide, and raise the humidity as quickly as possible to resuscitate the Prayer plant.
You must correctly pinpoint the signs and reasons for your plant’s decline. It would be simpler to continue the resurrection process in this manner.
Why won’t my prayer plant grow?
The way the leaves of Maranta leuconeura, often known as the Prayer Plant, move and “dance” as the light changes throughout the day, is one of its most alluring features. The Prayer Plant’s regular movement creates the impression of having a living creature in your house, in contrast to some plants that seem to just sit there, month after month. The leaves and stems of this plant can be seen from various angles depending on what time of day you examine it, creating an attractive visual attraction.
All Prayer Plants have the ability to move and pray, yet occasionally they mysteriously stop. Use this opportunity to identify potential issues with your Maranta as noticing any change in a formerly healthy houseplant can be frightening. The wrong light levels (too much or too little), a lack of water, or shock are the most frequent causes for a Prayer Plant to stop moving.
If your Maranta leuconeura moves less frequently than normal or stops, do not become alarmed. It’s not necessary to move and pray for a prayer plant to be healthy! But if you’re curious about how and why this plant moves, as well as why and when they might stop, a few of the most typical explanations are provided below.
Use the same procedures as those outlined above to save a prayer plant that has been overwatered. It’s a good idea to check the roots as well because brown leaves may indicate decay. Repot the plant in a new container with fresh potting soil after pruning any unhealthy roots. Brown, soft leaves should be removed since they could attract bugs.
How can I tell if my prayer plant is in trouble?
Because of their fragile leaves, prayer plants aren’t usually the easiest indoor plants to care for. As a result, you must monitor your plant carefully for any early warning signals.
A Prayer Plant might appear to be dying in a variety of ways. It could be that the plant is shedding leaves quickly, the leaves are yellowing or becoming brown, or even just that the plant is no longer curling up at night (praying). We’ll go over some of the major causes of your Prayer Plant’s possible demise in this post, and maybe you’ll be able to revive it.
How frequently do Prayer plants need to be watered?
Water every 12 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out half way down between waterings. In brighter light, water more frequently, and in less-bright light, less frequently.
Marantas are susceptible to the effects of hard water. Use filtered water if possible, or let water sit out overnight before using.
How much sun is required by a prayer plant?
For the nooks of your house that seldom receive direct sunshine, prayer plants make fantastic indoor plants. They flourish in full shade or in moderate indirect light. In fact, prayer plant leaves can get big brown blotches and finally fall off if they are exposed to a lot of natural light.
A prayer plant’s leaves will frequently totally wither during their dormant season, which typically occurs throughout the winter, but this does not imply that the plant is dead. The leaves will most likely regenerate in the spring if intense light is provided.
Do prayer plants wilt in the sunlight?
For its magnificent leaves, which lie flat during the day and lift and fold at night as if they were praying, prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) are produced. These plants come in dozens of different types, but only a select number may be grown indoors.
Like any plants, prayer plants experience a variety of problems, such as droopiness, which lessens their beauty. Read on to learn how to prevent and treat the issue with your plants as I go over the causes of drooping in Maranta.
These plants droop by limply leaning downward; this condition is distinct from their “prayer” actions.
Where should my prayer plant be placed?
Your prayer plant should be hung or placed close to a window so it may get some filtered light. Never place your plant in direct sunlight as this may cause the leaves to burn, develop spots or blotches, or lose color intensity. In general, prayer plants can tolerate locations with less light.
Should a prayer plant be misted?
Put your Neon Prayer Plant in a spot with strong, directional light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as too much of it may burn the foliage and diminish the hues of the leaves.
Your plant will thrive at temperatures above 55 degrees at night and between 68 and 85 degrees during the day. Keep it out of the way of drafts, especially in the winter.
If you want your Prayer Plant to develop more vigorously and fully, you can prune it. Right above a leaf node, cut the stems with sterilized, sharp scissors. Directly beneath the cut spot, the plant will produce new branches, giving it a bushier appearance.
Do praying plants prefer to have their roots watered?
The reputation of prayer plants being finicky about watering is somewhat deserved. If they become overly dry, marantas react fast and dramatically, and if you allow one get too dry, it may be challenging to nurture it back to health.
Having saying that, excessive watering can also harm prayer plants. You might need to inspect this plant more frequently than other houseplants as you find out the watering routine because they primarily seek consistency.
Don’t anticipate watering your prayer plant on a regular basis.
Plants don’t follow the calendar merely because a few days or a week have passed. Use a moisture meter or your finger to feel the actual soil. You can continue to wait at least a few more days before giving your Prayer Plant a drink if the top inch of the potting soil still feels moist to the touch.
When watering, make an effort to uniformly and fully wet the soil. It is preferable to water your Prayer Plant thoroughly and deeply once rather than sparingly every few days. Make sure the plant doesn’t sit in water for an extended period of time whether you choose to water it from the top or the bottom (see the part below). After 30 minutes, pour off any leftover water that has drained from the saucepan.
Should I trim my prayer plant’s brown tips off?
Damaged, dying, or dead growth is intended to be removed by this kind of pruning. Even if they don’t prune their Marantas for any other reason, the majority of people will wish to perform this kind of maintenance pruning on a regular basis.
In an effort to keep your Prayer Plant from succumbing to a significant bug infestation, you might also need to trim off some of its branches. Major plant parts can occasionally be removed more easily than they can be treated.
You do not need to limit this sort of pruning to a specific season or worry about doing it too frequently, unlike the two pruning techniques mentioned above. If a leaf on your Prayer Plant starts to turn yellow or brown, or if it is unintentionally torn or broken, go ahead and trim it off. Unfortunately, a wounded leaf can’t heal, and it will eventually wilt and fall off regardless. Your plant will remain healthy and appealing with a simple removal.
Do praying plants enjoy restrooms?
With its colorful, patterned foliage, it’s easy to understand why the Prayer Plant has been a well-liked indoor plant for so long. These spectacular leaves are sure to draw attention with their flashes of neon green, deep purple, bright pink, and other colors, but as day gives way to night, the real show starts. If you’re paying closely, you might be able to see Prayer Plants, along with many other Marantaceae plants, fold up their leaves at night. Our friend Darryl at Houseplant Journal has some fantastic time-lapse footage of his Prayer Plants in action if you want to witness the entire process.
It can be challenging to keep prayer plants happy. When choosing a location for yours, keep in mind that they thrive in areas with moderate humidity. Given that the steam from the shower or bath will add humidity to the air, a bathroom with moderately strong indirect light may be the ideal setting. Your bathroom has no windows, right? You may only need to increase the humidity around Prayer Plants by keeping them in a grouping of plants, running a humidifier, using a humidity tray (a tray with pebbles and water that sits under the plant), or misting the leaves. Prayer Plants can be placed anywhere with bright to medium indirect light. You probably need to give your plant extra humidity if it appears to be receiving the ideal quantity of water and light but the leaves are turning brown in areas or along the margins. The reward that this gorgeous, active plant offers makes the extra work well worth it.
GET THE GREEN: Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura; depicted are ‘Kim’ and ‘Marisela,’ but there are many varieties)
WATERING: Plant in a container with sufficient drainage. Maintain a uniformly wet but not waterlogged soil. Just before the soil’s surface dries out, water. Prayer If leaves are left to get too dry between waterings, they may turn brown in places and along the margins. Plants dislike having their leaves entirely dry out. This plant may experience a dormant spell throughout the winter where little to no development will be visible. That is typical. Simply allow the soil to dry out a little bit more than it did during the warmer growing season during this period.
Direct sunlight that ranges from bright to medium. Keep away from the sun’s rays. It may be getting too much light if some of the leaves turn brown and crispy, but this can also mean the plant needs more water or humidity, so check that first before moving it.
PLACEMENT: Because the Prayer Plant will branch out a little, it looks lovely hanging from a hook or perched on a shelf where it may expand out. But because it doesn’t grow too big, this plant is ideal for a plant cluster. Because this plant prefers humidity, it would do well in a bathroom with adequate indirect lighting.
Extra credit: To keep leaves looking their best, more humidity is required. This plant will benefit from being kept with other plants, and a humidifier or misting the leaves would also be beneficial. Keep a watch on prayer plants around sunset, and you could catch a glimpse of their little bedtime dance when they fold their leaves at night.
A WORD OF CAUTION: The ASPCA states that cats and dogs are not harmed by prayer plants. Yay!
Want to learn more about taking care of all of your indoor plants and live in the LA area? Attend Danae’s Houseplant 101 course at The Line Hotel this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Complete information and registration here.