Its a spring break miracle, plant of the week is a day early! I (as in the one that writes tea/plant of the week) wont be in the shop tomorrow so instead of making you all wait until Friday, I decided to move this week’s Plant of the Week article to today! This week’s plant is the Prayer Plant, or the Maranta! This plant gets it’s common name for a funky thing that it does called nyctinastic movement. Nyctinastic movements, sleep movements, are plant movements that occur in response to darkness. In the case of the prayer plant, as night starts to fall, the plant will turn it’s leaves upwards to the sky as if it were hands coming together to pray. After reading this I would encourage you to look up “prayer plant time lapse” and watch a video or two of this fascinating plant closing up for the night!
One might think that a plant this cool would require more care and attention, but these guys are actually a relatively easy plant to keep around! While a prayer plant will be semi-tolerant of low lighting, they prefer bright, indirect light to really flourish. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy and they prefer a higher humidity. If dry air is a problem in your household, there are a few ways you can fix this. Placing the plant on top (not in) a tray of pebbles with water can raise the humidity, or placing it around other houseplants and misting them daily can help with keeping the air moist. Ideal temperatures for this plant are around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit which is usually around where humans like to live anyways so this usually isn’t a problem.