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. 🌱
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How to care for Sweet Prayer Plant
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.
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Sweet Prayer Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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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.