Prayer Plant Tips and Care

Prayer plants are popular houseplants with beautiful leaves. They lay open flat during the day and fold up at night…. hence the name.

Provide medium or bright filtered light, but never direct sun. They will not tolerate a low light area.

Prayer plants need high humidity to do their best. Dry air will be a problem in the winter, and this is probably the cause of the brown leaf tips. Putting the plant among several other plants will help to create a more humid atmosphere. Another way to increase humidity is to fill a saucer with pebbles and water and set the plant on it.

Use a well-drained soil and keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. When plants rest in winter keep the soil drier. Fertilize regularly during the growing season with a general houseplant fertilizer, following the directions on the package. Allow the plant to rest in the winter.

Another possible cause of brown leaf tips could be chlorine or fluoride in the water. Using bottled water, or allowing the water to sit in an open container for 24 hours before using it can alleviate this.

Repot in early spring if needed, at which time you can propagate new plants by division.

 

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