Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)


NASA Certified
Air Purification Rating
Competent at removing chemical vapours and good transpiration rate to improve air circulation.
Summary
The name of the prayer plant is derived from the way its leaves turn upwards as dusk approaches, giving the appearance of praying hands. The plant uses this technique to conserve water.
If the prayer plant regularly closes its leaves at night and opens them in the morning then this is a sign that it is happy in it's environment.
Family
Marantaceae (arrowroot)
Origin
South America 
Care and Maintenance
Keep soil evenly moist, but water less often in winter. Feed every two weeks in spring and summer. Mist frequently, snip off old ragged leaves
Grows in standard all potting mix
Light Conditions
semi-sun to semi-shade
Temperature
Day: 21 to 27 degrees
Night: 16 to 21 degrees
Pests and Problems
Spider mites and mealybugs in overly dry air. Brown leaf edges from too cool a location