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Questions About Prayer Plants

Asked by
Sunshine7678 on
February 19, 2019
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Q. I have a prayer plant. When I went to repot it, I noticed bulbs in the roots.

I picked some of them and am thinking maybe it would start a new plant. Will it? Also I thought my plant was dead, and then it had new starts coming out. Good thing I noticed it before I threw the dirt out of the pot.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 20, 2019
Certified Expert
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Sometimes they will grow back from rhizome. It definitely won't hurt to try. This article will help you on the care of these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
dram_329 on
May 16, 2019

Q. My Prayer Plant is leaning. What can I do?

Hi there!

I got my prayer plant about 5 months ago, and it’s been rapidly growing new leaves (about one a week). I moved it to a bigger pot, because it was entirely root bound. It has moved nicely, and continued to grow new leaves, so I think it’s generally happy.

It is in indirect light, a pot that drains well and well draining soil. I water it regularly.

My concern is that the various stems seem to be leaning all to one side, and the leaves now point down. It’s in my classroom, so I am not here over night, but I don’t think it’s been praying.

Should I be concerned? What can I do to help this plant survive and thrive?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2019
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Prayer plants do like to hang and the growth pattern may be related to the amount of light it is receiving. If possible rotate the plant weekly. This usually corrects this issue.

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

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Asked by
Fotini on
June 3, 2019

Q. Why the leaves of my prayer plant turn yellow?

I water the plant twice a week, as soon as thee soil has dried completely. It isn’t exposed to sunlight directly. I spray the leaves with water for extra moisture 3-4 times a week. However, some leaves keep turning yellow, but new leaves keep growing back.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 3, 2019
Certified Expert
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As long as you are certain that all other conditions are as should be, then the most likely diagnosis is that it lacks humidity. This can be especially true when using air conditioning, as it draws moisture out of the air.

This article will explain common reasons for the issue that you are having: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/brown-leaves-on-prayer-plants.htm

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Asked by
Jaclynmcmillan on
June 12, 2019
Canada

Q. What is this yellow pod at the bottom of my prayer plant

It’s growing out the the bottom of the plant, as if it’s a root but is very thick and looks to be hollow

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 12, 2019
Certified Expert
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Think of it, sort of, like a potato!

They do grow tubers when they are happy, so that they can preserve extra nutrients for when they become unhappy. There is conflicting evidence of trying to propagate these, and I've come to the conclusion that they are solely for nutrient storage, not propagation.

This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/prayer-plant/maranta-prayer-plant-peacock-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 13, 2019

Q. How do you get rid of mealybugs on a prayer plant

I recently set my plant outside to get some fresh air and when I brought it back in I noticed a white spots all over the underneath of the leaves and a fuzzy white residue at the joints. I Googled it and found out it was a mealybug infestation. How do I get rid of this without harming the plant? The internet said to spray it with rubbing alcohol but it didn’t say if I should uncurl the leaves to get down inside of them because that seems to be where the majority of the bugs have made their home. Please help.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 13, 2019
Certified Expert
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You can usually wash off mealybugs with a jet of water, they dislodge pretty easily. Prayer plant is kind of sensitive so go easy. Another way is to wipe them off with a rag, or with a cotton glove on your hand. If the spaces are too small and tight you can use Q-tips or fashion something appropriate. I don't recommend the alcohol, it may kill mealy bugs but you may be taking a chance on phytotoxicity. You can also use an insecticidal soap or Neem oil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/mealybugs-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/phototoxicity-in-plants.htm

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