Plant Care Sweet Prayer Plant

Sweet Prayer Plant

About Sweet Prayer Plant

Thaumatococcus daniellii, otherwise known as the sweet prayer plant, is a plant that is rapidly increasing in popularity. Native to Western Africa, they have long been grown and cultivated for their wide variety of uses. The sweet prayer plant is a natural source of thaumatin, an important sweetener that’s over 3000x times sweeter than sucrose. The plant has gained attention around the world and their genes have even been added to cucumbers to increase their sweetness. 🍬

Some research suggests that they also have antimicrobial properties. Many parts of the plant have important uses. The seeds have jelly that can be used to replace agar, their fruit is used in traditional medicine as a laxative, the leaves are used for wrapping foods and weaving mats and roofing, and the leaf sap used as antivenom for stings and bites. They are also used to prevent weeds, as the foliage grows across the ground and prevents weeds from sprouting up. 🌱


Thaumatococcus daniellii

Also known as

Moi Moi and Thaumataococuss daneillii

How to care for Sweet Prayer Plant


How often to water your Sweet Prayer Plant

Water needs for Sweet Prayer Plant
0.5 cups
every 7

Sweet Prayer Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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 Sweet Prayer Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Sweet Prayer Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sweet Prayer Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Sweet Prayer Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Sweet Prayer Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Sweet Prayer Plant

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

Difficulty Level

Sweet Prayer Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Sweet Prayer Plant

Sweet Prayer Plant

Sweet Prayer Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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