HOW TO CARE FOR
Calathea, the Prayer Plant
ABOUT PRAYER PLANTS
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Calathea are prized for their interesting patterned foliage and unique leaf movement. Also known as the prayer plant, the leaves fold together at night, like a pair of praying hands and open up during the day. They are low spreading indoor plants.
According to the principles of Feng Shui, the plant absorbs negative energy while radiating positive energy. It represents good luck and prosperity making it a popular gift for new homeowners, businesses, and recent graduates.
When should I water my Prayer plant?
To see if your plant needs water, stick your finger about an inch down into the soil. If the soil feels dry, water. If the soil feels moist, do not water. If you are unsure, check again in a few days.
Never mist your foliage. Misting leaves causes fungal issues and disease. The only plants that are okay to mist are ferns and carnivorous plants.
Prayer plants grow best in medium or bright indirect light.
The average Prayer plant will grow vine downwards up to two feet depending on growing conditions.
Prayer plants prefer a slightly moist but well-drained soil mix.
TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Prayer plants enjoy above-average humidity levels, but typically grow best in most homes. If your air is especially dry in winter, try placing the plant on a tray with water and pebbles to boost humidity.
Fertilize March through October. To help it grow optimally and evenly, occasionally dust the leaves, and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn once a month.
ARE PRAYER PLANTS PET SAFE?
Yes, Calathea are pet-friendly! According to the ASPCA, Prayer plants are non-toxic to dogs, cats or horses.
If you notice the leaves are drooping, you may have insufficient moisture. This could mean the soil is drying out too much between waterings or that the humidity levels are too low.
The Benefits of Houseplants
(…and why we love them)
They purify & clean the air
Boost your mood, reducing stress & anxiety
Help you sleep better
Act as natural humidifiers
Enhance cognitive skills
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