Maranta (Prayer Plant) Care Guide

Welcome to our Maranta care guide! In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to successfully care for your Maranta plant. Maranta, also known as the prayer plant, is a popular houseplant known for its beautiful foliage and unique leaf movements. By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your Maranta plant thrives and remains healthy.


Maranta plants prefer bright, indirect light. They thrive in medium to low light conditions, making them perfect for indoor spaces. Avoid placing your Maranta plant in direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. If you notice that your plant's leaves are fading or losing their vibrant colors, it may be an indication that it is receiving too much light.


Proper watering is essential for the health of your Maranta plant. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water your plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot. It's also important to use room temperature water to prevent shocking the plant.


Maranta plants thrive in high humidity environments. To increase humidity around your plant, you can use a humidifier or place a tray filled with water near the plant. Misting the leaves with water can also help create a humid environment. Dry air can cause the leaves to curl or brown at the edges.


Maranta plants prefer temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C - 27°C). Avoid exposing your plant to extreme temperature fluctuations or drafts. Keep your Maranta plant away from cold windows during the winter months to prevent damage to the leaves.

Soil and Fertilizer

Use well-draining, peat-based soil for your Maranta plant. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil works well. Fertilize your plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for proper dosage.


Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and appearance of your Maranta plant. Remove any yellow or brown leaves to promote new growth. You can also trim back leggy stems to encourage bushier growth. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to avoid damaging the plant.


Maranta plants are susceptible to common houseplant pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant for any signs of pests, such as webbing or sticky residue on the leaves. If you notice any pests, treat your plant with an appropriate insecticidal soap or one of our at home recipes.  You can find more detailed pest information on our Pest ID and Treatment pages.


You can propagate your Maranta plant through division. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the rhizomes, ensuring that each division has roots attached. Plant the divisions in separate pots with fresh soil and water thoroughly. Keep the newly propagated plants in a warm, humid environment until they establish roots.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy the beauty of your Maranta plant for years to come. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Happy gardening!