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Maranta leuconeura, also known as prayer plant, is a species of flowering plant in the family Marantaceae, native to the Brazilian tropical forests. somewhat tolerant of low light conditions, it does best in bright, indirect sunlight. The prayer plant prefers well-drained soil and requires high humidity to thrive. Prayer plant houseplants should be kept moist, but not soggy. Use warm water and feed prayer plant houseplants every two weeks, from spring through fall, with an all-purpose fertilizer.
- Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Avoid excessive direct sunlight.
- Watering: Maintain moist soil, but avoid waterlogged conditions. Water once the top of the soil feels dry.
- Soil: Nutrient rich, well-draining potting mix. Equal parts potting soil, peat and perlite works well.
- Temperature: 55-85°F (13-29°C).
- Fertilizer: Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer applied monthly while the plant is actively growing. This is the fertilizer I use.
- Humidity: Medium to high humidity. Leaf curling and brown tips will develop in low humidity.
- Flowering: Small, insignificant white/yellow flowers appear at intervals through the year when grown in good conditions.
- Pruning: Only needed to control size and remove dead foliage. Plant will spread out if allowed to.
- Propagation: By division or seed.
- Re-Potting: Every 1-2 years in springtime