How to Grow Prayer Plant

Prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is usually a house plant with spotted foliage and a white flower. Prayer plant grows well in containers on the patio, with placement in a greenhouse or other indoor space in winter. In warmer climates, prayer plant may last all year long outside, as long as you keep in mind that it will require frequent watering in hotter locations. The prayer plant is named for the leaves that tend to fold at night, so don't worry that it's wilting when this happens.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot(s)
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

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Start with a healthy plant. Purchase a starter prayer plant that looks healthy and full. Try to find a container that has more than one plant in the pot.

Plant the individual plants separately. Remove the prayer plant from the pot and see if there is more than one plant in the container. If so, pull the plants apart and plant one in a pot to start these individually. If you made a good selection, you will have two or three little containers with the individual prayer plants.

Add potting soil around the plants in their pots. Use a good quality potting soil and pour it around the roots, covering the roots just to the top edge and not covering the leaves.

Check the point between roots and stems. Make sure your prayer plant is nearly level with the top of the container. This is important for the growth and health of this container plant, since it is susceptible to mold and disease if air circulation does not take place.

Water and fertilize the prayer plant with some frequency all summer. Soon you will notice a new curled leaf coming from the center of the plant. You may eventually see a white flower if your prayer plant is kept watered and given occasional fertilizer. The plant will multiply on its own, and if you take care of these fragile container plants, they will fill the pot within the year.

Move to a greenhouse or protected area in freezing weather. You may move it to shelter at night and to the sunlight during warm days. Let it rest in the winter, with no fertilizer and occasional water.

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