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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 19, 2012
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    They can be placed in a shady location outdoors in summer, but do not thrive year round outside unless you happen to live in a tropical-like climate. They cannot tolerate temps below 60 degree F.

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    theficuswrangler on
    August 17, 2012
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    Are you sure it's a prayer plant? Look up maranta (the botanical name) in a plant guide to see if it looks like yours. Or, maybe its not dark enough at night where you have it.

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    Nikki on
    August 13, 2012
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    Heather on
    September 14, 2012
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    These are just nodules the plant uses to store extra energy. They are fine to leave when repotting.

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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    April 19, 2013
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    Some species of maranta don't fold leaves as others. My observation is that the "fishbone" doesn't pray like "rabbit tracks". Also, does the plant get artificial light at night? This may keep your plant from praying. This link has good information on care of prayer plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 11, 2014
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    Are they curling or folding together? Folding together is normal for a prayer plant and is where their name comes from (because the leaves fold like hands in prayer). If they are curling, as in rolling up, this could indicate that it is either not getting enough light or that the plant is not getting enough water. Check these two things.

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    sunrhyze on
    September 24, 2019
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    I have a "Marisela" prayer plant, and every single time I let direct sun shine on the plant one or two leaves will curl up. It likes good light but no direct sun. Even after I move the plant out of the sun it takes hours for the leaves to uncurl. Move it a couple feet in from the window, or use a sheer curtain to filter the light.

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    theficuswrangler on
    June 29, 2014
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    I suspect that you're seeing spider mites. Prayer plants are quite susceptible to them. When you treat the plant, you should also spray any nearby plants, and make sure to spray 4 times at 7 - 10 day intervals. This is to make sure you get all the little critters as they hatch, since eggs are not affected by treatments. Here is the article that tells you how to deal with these (and even if they aren't spider mites, neem oil will rid your plants of whatever they may be:) https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/spider-mite-treatment.htm

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