Plant Care Red Prayer Plant

Red Prayer Plant

4.5 out of 5 (273 experiences)

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

About Red Prayer Plant

Red 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 8178 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Red 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' and Maranta leuconeura 'Erythroneura'

How to care for Red Prayer Plant

Water

How often to water your Red Prayer Plant

Water needs for Red Prayer Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Prayer Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, California.

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 Red Prayer Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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Growing Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 26th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Francisco is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key i…

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Light needs for plant Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will decrease by 28.5% ☀️

November 25th, 2022

San Francisco is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to decrease by 28.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy…

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Light needs for plant Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 26th, 2022

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 9.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours o…

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Finding light for Red Prayer Plant in your home

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

Red 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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Francisco, California ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Red Prayer Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red 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 Red Prayer Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Red Prayer Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Red Prayer Plant in San Francisco, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 26th, 2022

The growing potential in San Francisco is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Red Prayer Plant

Red Prayer Plant

Red Prayer Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Red Prayer Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 148
Red Prayer Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 144
Red Prayer Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 101
Red Prayer Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 62
Red Prayer Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 49
Red Prayer Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 34
Red Prayer Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Juliette avatar
@Juliette
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 298 XP
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
Juliette avatar
@Juliette
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 298 XP
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
Wineandvine avatar
@Wineandvine
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 785 XP
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
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,285 XP
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
Mizsherm avatar
@Mizsherm
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,058 XP
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
Jovialcacto avatar
@Jovialcacto
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Boise, ID
02/10/2022

Love how it moves throughout the day & night ☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 7,126 XP
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
Tinkannabel avatar
@Tinkannabel
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
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
Elderwildyam avatar
@Elderwildyam
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
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
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,060 XP
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
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,060 XP
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
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,060 XP
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
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,060 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

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

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
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
Michelle rose avatar
@Michelle rose
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 946 XP
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
Icedmacchiato avatar
@Icedmacchiato
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 832 XP
globe Dallas, TX
12/24/2021

Beautiful!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,060 XP
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
Jaroa avatar
@Jaroa
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Glen Allen, VA
12/23/2021

I love the color of the leafs and how it grows

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