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Questions About Prayer Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 5, 2015

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Can a Prayer Plant survive outdoors?

Answered by
Heather on
July 5, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

While they can be placed in a shady location outdoors in summer, these tropical plants generally do not thrive year round outside unless you happen to live in a tropical0like climate. They cannot tolerate temps below 60 degree F.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 8, 2015

Q. Prayer Plant Root Question

My boyfriend has had a prayer plant for years and years that has always thrived and been completely healthy and beautiful. Decided to repot it yesterday – I bought a nicer pot. The old one was fine size wise. . . I just wanted a prettier pot. Anyway, I pull the thing out of the pot to find a very healthy root system. Very vigorous, but the weird thing was, distributed evenly and neatly throughout the roots were little bulb-like formations. They all looked exactly alike: about 3/8″ wide x 1″ long x 1/8 – 1/4″ thick and rectangular in size and the same tan color of the root system. There was absolutely no deformation or ‘sickness’ evident at all. I admit, I’ve never repotted a prayer plant before, but this struck me as something unusual. I’ve heard of root nematodes, but all the descriptions of them were completely different than this. I’m so curious about what these things are and what function they might perform. Love to hear from you about it.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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This is normal. They are simply thickened areas of the roots where extra energy is stored and is an indicator that the plant is healthy.

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Asked by
Mmk on
March 25, 2016
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My prayer plants leaves are no longer standing up nice. All of a sudden, just at the base of the leaves, all of the leaves have pointed down. I did move it to a new house and at one point I noticed that it must have become water logged, as the water was not absorbing into the soil. I didn’t water for a bit, then resumed as normal. Any thoughts?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 27, 2016
A.

The soil should be moist but never soggy. The plant may be suffering from root rot.
The plant tends to continue to slowly die, if the root rot is extensive.
If the plants pull away easily from the soil or even began to smell, you may want to dispose of and start with a new plant.

The link below will refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 1, 2016

Q. prayer plant

I bought a prayer plant and was really excited to see it grow and close its leaves. I’ve had it around 4 months and it hasn’t done anything. It doesn’t roll up its leaves, it doesn’t seem to be growing and it seems quite limp. I’m sure I’m not under or over watering it! I’ve tried it in different locations but nothing seems to work. I was so looking forward to enjoying this beautiful plant!! Please help!! Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 2, 2016
A.

Did you put the plant in a place of bright, indirect sunlight? Prayer plants also require high humidity - did you mist it daily with warm water or place a container of water near it?

The soil of a prayer plant should be kept evenly moist. Touch the soil with your finger - it is damp/soggy? - if so, you have over-watered it and you may want to consider re-potting it in fresh soil. Is the soil bone dry? Then you are not watering it enough. It is recommended to water the soil when the top inch of the prayer plant's soil starts to dry out.

For more information on the above and additional guidelines on the care of prayer plants, please check out the following article:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

Are the leaves yellowing? If so, you will want to review this article:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/yellow-prayer-plant-leaves.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 28, 2016

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I bought a Prayer Plant last week and some of the leaves are starting to wilt. How do I fix this? I’m keeping it near a window with indirect sunlight and I spray with room temperature water twice a day so as to keep moist but not over water. Room temperature ranges from 60-70 degrees.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 29, 2016
A.

How have you been watering your prayer plant? You mentioned misting it twice a day but didn't mention watering. Feel the soil - is it dry to the touch or soggy/damp? It should be neither - the soil of a prayer plant should be kept consistently and evenly moist.

For more information on the care of prayer plants, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 4, 2016

Q. transplant prayer plants off original plant

My prayer plant has overgrown its pot. How do I transplant some of the overgrowth in other pots?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 4, 2016
A.

Yes, you can remove the plant from the pot and gently pull the plant and roots apart from each other.
Then repot the original and the new plants. You also can propagate from cuttings.

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Asked by
Noodlegirl7 on
October 21, 2016
Oshkosh,WI 54901

Q. Growing A Piece Of Plant That Broke Off

I have a prayer plants and a piece broke off. Wondering if it is possible to grow it even though it is fall.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 22, 2016
A.

Cuttings can be propagated from a Prayer Plant. Follow the directions in the article below, you may be able to grow in water or soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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