Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura “Kerchoveana”)

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Main Points: 

The endearing Prayer Plant hailing from South America is a unique specimen to behold with its distinctive rows of brown to dark-green lines crossing its leaf midribs.

As dusk approaches, the light-green leaves fold upwards, giving the plant the appearance of praying. Actually, the plant is closing its leaves to conserve moisture.  The Prayer Plant is a great addition to your room or office as a unique conversation piece.  

A small and compact houseplant, the Prayer Plant is ideal for humid kitchen windowsills without any draft, or in any spot that does not fluctuate in temperature too much. 


Semi-sun to semi-shade.

M. leuconeura is a plant that naturally grows low, reaching a maximum height of about 12 inches, and growing outward as it matures. 

If you notice any spider mites or mealybugs, the culprit is likely an environment that is too dry for the Prayer Plant. Brown leaves suggest the plant’s resting spot is too cool.

During the growing season in spring to summer, keep the soil evenly moist. Do NOT allow the soil to dry between waterings. Feed every two weeks during the growing season. Water sparingly in the winter. Mist often and snap off the old, poor-looking leaves.

A happy Prayer Plant will cyclically open its leaves in the daytime and fold them up over the night.