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Prayer Plant Calathea or Maranta

Growing Prayer Plants: Tips at a Glance

Prayer plants are tropical plants with striking variegated leaves. Give Calatheas and Marantas indirect light, well-drained soil and humid air.

  • Type Tropical houseplant
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 11-12
  • Light Bright, indirect
  • Fertilizer Twice a month
  • Soil Well drained
  • Design Tip Creeper
  • Companions Cane Begonias
  • Peak Season Year-round

Prayer Plants: A Field Guide

Prayer plants are tropical houseplants with strikingly variegated leaves and belong either to the Maranta or Calathea genera. Both need similar care: bright indirect light, well-draining soil, and high humidity.

Design tip: Grow this non-poisonous, spreading plant in a hanging container or encourage prayer plant’s horizontal habit to creep over shelves and long tables. Because of its shallow roots, a prayer plant should be in a container that is more squat than deep. Feed a prayer plant every couple of weeks—spring through fall—with an all-purpose fertilizer. Also use warm or at least room temperature water when giving it a drink.

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