Common Prayer Plant

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  • Decorative Foliage 
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-12 Inches
  • Pet Safe

The prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a very popular houseplant due to the wide variety of patterns found on its beautiful leaves. These plants are native to the tropical forest floors of Brazil. The prayer plant family is easily distinguishable since each plant has highly patterned, decorative foliage. It gets its name from the moving leaves that lay flat during the day and fold up like prayer hands at night.  

Best Locations For Growing Prayer Plant 

The prayer plant is an excellent choice for any room in the home or office because it tolerates low to medium light. A location with plenty of humidity is preferred for this tropical plant. However, you can easily get away with placing the prayer plant in a dry location by misting the plant daily.  

Prayer Plant Sunlight Requirements

In order for the prayer plant to thrive, provide it with plenty of indirect sunlight. Near an east- or west-facing window would be an ideal location. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves. This plant is generally more tolerant of low-light conditions. During the winter months, these plants can go dormant and stop growing unless provided with supplemental light. 

Prayer Plant Care

Prayer plants like to stay at a temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and at a high humidity. Creating a greenhouse-like environment indoors can be challenging. To increase the humidity, place a small humidifier nearby, or place the plant on a humidity tray. Alternatively, you can choose to mist the leaves with tepid water. Prayer plants usually are fine with traditional potting soils, provided adequate drainage. These plants are slow growers, so if your plant outgrows its container, go up only one size and choose a container that has ample drainage holes. 

Watering Prayer Plant 

During their growing season, spring through summer, these plants prefer to be kept moist at all times. Prayer plants can be watered slightly less during the winter–water them when the top two inches of soil are dry. These plants are sensitive to being under-watered. At the same time, ensure that the plant doesn’t sit in water and become soggy since the roots may rot. 

Feeding Prayer Plant 

Feed your prayer plant biweekly from early spring to fall, then reduce feeding to once a month in the winter. Use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer at half strength. Fertilize regularly to encourage growth.

Prayer Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-12 inches
Mature Spread: 6-12 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Light Grey-Green Leaves with Darker Green Patches On Each Side
Temperature: 65° - 70°F (18° - 21°C)
Humidity: Above 60%
Common Name: Prayer Plant
Other Name(s): Prayer Plant
Scientific Name: Maranta leuconeura
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.