Trailing Treasures: Tips For Displaying Prayer Plants

Kelly Garton

Are you on the hunt for a new tropical plant to add to your collection? Look no further than the prayer plant. With its vibrant colors and unique patterns, this South American creeper is a favorite among plant enthusiasts.

While it typically grows along the ground, prayer plants also thrive in containers that encourage trailing and vining. In this article, we’ll explore tips and tricks for displaying your prayer plant in the most innovative and engaging ways possible.

First, we’ll delve into the characteristics of the prayer plant and what makes it such a desirable addition to any plant collection. From there, we’ll discuss the ideal growing conditions for this plant and how to best care for it.

Finally, we’ll dive into the exciting part: displaying your prayer plant. Whether you prefer seated or hanging pots, we’ll give you all the information you need to create a stunning display that showcases the beauty and uniqueness of your prayer plant.

So, let’s get started on this journey of discovering the trailing treasures of the prayer plant!

Key Takeaways

  • Prayer plants are low-growing tropical plants from South America with various shapes and colors, naturally growing along the ground and considered creepers.
  • They do well in containers that encourage trailing and vining, and can be displayed in both seated and hanging pots, but lack the ability to climb up supports like trellises or trees.
  • They prefer lots of bright, indirect sunlight but too much direct sunlight can bleach or burn the leaves, and need regular waterings, fertilization, and areas of high humidity.
  • Prayer plants look fabulous in a hanging planter, but lighting and humidity can be challenging to manage, and they are best displayed in a pot that compliments the colors of the leaves, or included in plant displays featuring other tropical plants, but not planted in the same container.

Plant Characteristics

If you’re looking to display your Prayer Plant, remember that they are low-growing, trailing vines that love lots of water and high humidity. These plants belong to the variety of plants known as creeping rootstalk and reproduce through budding, a kind of asexual reproduction.

They don’t have any means of climbing a structure, meaning they won’t be able to use a support even if they are secured to it. Instead, they prefer to stay close to the ground and trail along the forest floor.

Prayer Plants are shielded from harsh sunlight and have plenty of moisture on the forest floor. This makes them ideal for display in areas with high humidity, such as brightly lit bathrooms or kitchens.

To increase the humidity around your Prayer Plant, you may want to invest in a humidifier or use a pebble tray. Just remember to give them consistent and regular waterings to avoid root rot, and regular fertilization, especially during their growing season.

Growing Conditions

To ensure your Maranta thrives, you’ll want to provide it with plenty of bright but indirect sunlight, consistent watering, and regular fertilization during its growing season. Prayer plants enjoy a humid environment, so placing them in a brightly lit bathroom or kitchen, or investing in a humidifier or pebble tray, can help keep them happy. Be sure to avoid exposing them to too much direct sunlight, which can bleach or burn the leaves.

Pruning techniques can also help keep your Maranta healthy and looking its best. Trim back any dead or damaged leaves as soon as you notice them, and remove any stems that have become too long or leggy.

Propagation methods for prayer plants include division, which involves separating the plant at the root ball and replanting the sections in smaller containers. You can also take stem cuttings and root them in water or soil to create new plants.

With proper growing conditions and care, your prayer plant will be a beautiful trailing treasure in your home.

Display and Care Tips

You can showcase your Maranta in both seated and hanging pots, as they’re low-growing tropical plants that prefer bright, indirect sunlight and lots of water during the growing season. When displaying your Prayer Plant, consider the following tips:

  1. Hanging options: Hanging baskets are a great way to display your Maranta, as they allow the plant to trail along the forest floor just like it would in its natural habitat. Consider using a macrame hanger or a decorative chain to add style to your plant display.

  2. Decorative pots: Prayer Plants come in a variety of shapes and colors, so choose a pot that complements the colors of the leaves. Raised planters are a good option to avoid water rings on wooden surfaces. When choosing a pot, make sure it has drainage holes to prevent root rot.

  3. Placement: Prayer Plants prefer areas of high humidity, so consider placing them in a brightly lit bathroom or kitchen. Investing in a humidifier or using a pebble tray can increase the humidity around your plant. Avoid placing your Maranta in direct sunlight, as this can bleach or burn the leaves.

  4. Care: Prayer Plants need regular fertilization, especially during their growing season. Compost teas can be used as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. Water your Maranta consistently and regularly to avoid root rot, and consider misting the leaves to increase humidity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common pests that can affect prayer plants and how can they be treated?

Preventing pests is crucial for prayer plants. Common pests include spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Natural remedies like neem oil, soap water, and rubbing alcohol can be used to treat them.

Can prayer plants be grown outdoors in a tropical climate?

Prayer plants are suitable for outdoor growth in tropical climates, as they require high humidity, indirect sunlight, and regular watering and fertilization. However, they cannot climb structures and are best displayed in containers that promote trailing.

How often should prayer plants be repotted and what type of soil is best for them?

To keep your Prayer Plant healthy, repot it every 1-2 years using well-draining soil and a slightly bigger pot. Use a mix of peat, perlite, and sand to ensure proper drainage and avoid root rot.

Are there any particular colors or patterns of prayer plants that are more difficult to care for than others?

Prayer plant varieties with unique colors or patterns require extra care. They may need more humidity, indirect light, and regular fertilization. Avoid direct sunlight and overwatering to prevent leaf burn or root rot.

Can prayer plants be propagated through methods other than budding?

Yes, prayer plants can be propagated through division or stem cuttings. To maximize growth, ensure the cutting has at least 2-3 leaves and place in a warm, humid location. Follow care tips for healthy plants. Alternative methods include air layering or tissue culture.


Congratulations on your decision to add a prayer plant to your collection! With their stunning patterns and easy care, these South American creepers are a favorite among plant enthusiasts.

By following the tips and tricks we’ve outlined above, you can ensure that your prayer plant thrives in its new home. Remember to choose a pot that encourages trailing and vining, and to provide your plant with the right amount of light and humidity.

Whether you opt for a seated or hanging pot, your prayer plant is sure to be a beautiful addition to your home or office. With a little bit of care and attention, you’ll soon be enjoying the trailing treasures of this lovely plant.