Maranta leucoreura also known as prayer plants are native to rainforests in Brazil and temperate regions of the world. Prayer plants get their name by the way they fold their leaves at night giving an appearance of praying hands. They are able to grow up to twelve inches tall. Each leaf of the prayer plant can grow up to five inches long. Prayer plants make excellent household plants because they do not get very big, and they need to be in a warmer area to grow properly. They also grow well inside because they do not grow in sun because the color can fade. They grow the best in moderate light or full sun that is blocked by something like a window or blinds. Prayer plants should be watered routinely to keep the soil moist. However, the soil should not be saturated. They like to be planted in well-drained soil and fertilized every two weeks. Prayer plants also need humidity to grow.
Therefore, spraying the air around them with warm warmer will provide the humidity they need to grow. In cold climates, they do not need to be watered as much because it allows them to break down and regrow. If the leaves on the plants turn brown, then the plant is either receiving too much sun or too much humidity. The only pests that are attracted to prayer plants are caterpillars, spider mites, mealy bugs and aphids. If you plan on making the prayer plants a household plant, make sure you check the plant before bringing it indoors. In order to keep the plant growing properly then, the stem needs to be cut when its too long for the place it's growing. If brown tips do appear, then they should be cut off as well. When prayer plants are grown properly they will produce white and purple flowers. You can know if your prayer plant is growing and receiving the right amount of care by watching the plant. It will become stressed and will stop folding its leaves up. It will also stop growing, and the edges of the leaves will roll up. The leaves bloom in the late springtime to early summer. When growing these plants in the home, the temperate should be between seventy to eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Prayer plants to require more attention than other plants, but they are unique because of the way they can close their leaves at night. Burning bush was the fire shrub Moses talked about in the bible.