Plant Care Green Prayer Plant

Green Prayer Plant

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Green Prayer Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Green Prayer Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Green Prayer Plant

Green Prayer Plant is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 18237 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Green Prayer Plant likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Maranta leuconeura
Maranta
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Prayer Plant, Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura, Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana, Maranta leuconeura 'Kerchoveana', Maranta leuconeura 'Erythroneura', red vein prayer plant, Kerchoviana Rabbit Tracks, Maranta Red, Prayer Plant and Cherry Lime Prayer Plant

How to care for Green Prayer Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Green Prayer Plant

Water needs for Green Prayer Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Green Prayer Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Green Prayer Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Green Prayer Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Green Prayer Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Green Prayer Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Green Prayer Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Green Prayer Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Green Prayer Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Green Prayer Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Green Prayer Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Green Prayer Plant →

Common Green Prayer Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Green Prayer Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Green Prayer Plant Water Frequency →

Green Prayer Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Green Prayer Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Green Prayer Plant Light Requirements →

Green Prayer Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Green Prayer Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Green Prayer Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Green Prayer Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Green Prayer Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Green Prayer Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Green Prayer Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Green Prayer Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Green Prayer Plant is native to Central, South America and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Green Prayer Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Green Prayer Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern
🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Green Prayer Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Green Prayer Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Green Prayer Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Green Prayer Plant →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Green Prayer Plant, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Green Prayer Plant

Green Prayer Plant

Green Prayer Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Green Prayer Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 146
Green Prayer Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 143
Green Prayer Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 99
Green Prayer Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 61
Green Prayer Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 49
Green Prayer Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 34
Green Prayer Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
@juliette avatar
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globe Chicago, IL
04/06/2022

Such a beautiful looking plant! When you take care of it correctly, it takes care of you right back.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Chicago, IL
04/06/2022

Such a beautiful looking plant! When you take care of it correctly, it takes care of you right back.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Annapolis, MD
04/01/2022

Beautiful plant, grows well, I think he prefers more humidity than I give him. Think bathroom window kinda guy

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Goodyear, AZ
02/27/2022

Beautiful leaves, and love how they “fold their hands” at night

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Aurora, IL
02/27/2022

So far this poor plant has struggled in my house. First the cats attacked it then it just got sad. I’m trying to figure out what to do for it. On the bright side it seems to be trying to push up new growth.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Boise, ID
02/10/2022

Love how it moves throughout the day & night ☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/23/2022

Stunning plant. So easy to take care of. Beautiful foliage that you could stare at all day 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe London, England
01/19/2022

It has large beautiful leaves and is easy to look after

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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01/17/2022

Calatheas in general can be quite difficult to grow and maintain. The green prayer plant however has been rather easy to grow quickly in the right conditions.

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01/17/2022

Very beautiful but sensitive to too much sun and too little humidity

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Beautiful but very specific about humidity and watering

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

Super fast grower. Likes indirect light and attracts spider mites. 😭

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

I love these. They grow so much and I love their prayer activity but they’re also pest magnets (spider mites 😖) so you gotta keep an eye out for that. And they’re sensitive to tap water and will likely brown if you use tap. May need distilled or filtered water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

Love these but they definitely brown easily. Use filtered or distilled water to help. High humidity lover and spider mites lover 😭

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

Love my prayer plants… even if they are spider mites magnets 😭

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Beautiful but a bit of a pain in the ass. Very sensitive to over and under watering and needs humidity to prevent browning and curling of leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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01/12/2022

Once I found the right place for my prayer plants, she blooms a new leaf every week.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Dallas, TX
12/24/2021

Beautiful!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
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@MeganO avatar
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globe Washington, DC
12/23/2021

Love these guys because they grow quickly and are beautiful, but they are a pest magnet (like spider mites 😭) and want high humidity to thrive and not brown.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Glen Allen, VA
12/23/2021

I love the color of the leafs and how it grows

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