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Prayer Plant Flowers: 5 Questions Answered + Care Tips

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It’s always a pleasant surprise when any houseplant flowers. Did you know that Maranta leuconeura, or the common “prayer plant” can flower indoors? Learn everything you wanted to know about prayer plant flowers in this post, in addition to some handy care tips so that you can ensure your plant can thrive in your home.

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PRAYER PLANT FLOWERS

Maranta leuconeura is a species of flowering plant that is native to central and eastern Brazil.

Like any plant in the Marantaceae family, prayer plants are known for their leaves folding up and “praying” during night time, and then relaxing back down during the day.

1. What does a prayer plant flower look like?

Although this is a flowering plant, the reason we all grow this plant is for the striking foliage. Flowers are very small and are normally white and purple.

Depending on the species and variety, the amount of white and purple will vary in the flower, as will the coloration in the foliage.

The flowers have 3 petals and two larger staminodes.

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Photo credit: Kurt Stüber [1], CC BY-SA 3.0

2. Are prayer plant flowers rare?

Many sources online call them rare, but I can tell you from personal experience that they are not. Like anything, this of course depending on your ability to provide good conditions for your plant.

I had a prayer plant once in a prior home that bloomed regularly throughout the year.

It lived in a warm bathroom right in front of a north-facing window which received bright but indirect light.

It was even watered with plain tap water and received no special treatment. Be sure to read my section on water quality later in this post though, as this can have a big effect on your plant over time.

3. When does a prayer plant flower?

Blooming tends to occur the most during the active growing seasons of spring and summer.

4. How to get a prayer plant to flower

Providing good conditions, similar to growing conditions in their native habitat, will help encourage blooming. Here is a quick recap of general care for prayer plants:

LIGHT

Prayer plants are rainforest floor dwelling plants, so a window with bright light (without direct sun) will work well. A little direct sun indoors won’t harm them, but they do not like too much.

If your plant is in too dark of a location, growth will suffer and you probably won’t get any blooms. Sufficient light is important in encouraging any flowering plant to produce flowers.

TEMPERATURE

It’s important to provide consistently warm temperatures for these plants. They will not tolerate cold temperatures or cold drafts.

Make sure your plant isn’t located in any areas where they could potentially receive cold drafts from vents or doors opening and closing during cold weather. They prefer consistently warm temperatures.

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Watering my prayer plant in the sink

HUMIDITY

These plants will appreciate high humidity. If you can situate them in a bathroom, which is naturally more humid, this would be ideal.

Otherwise, invest in a great humidifier so that they can have their best chance at being happy in your home.

WATERING

Prayer plants like consistently moist conditions.

Never allow the soil to dry out completely, otherwise you will quickly get plenty of curling and brown leaves. I have a separate blog post where I discuss the issue of curling, brown leaves in prayer plants.

Allow no more than approximately the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.

FERTILIZING

Be sure to fertilize regularly during active growth. I like to use Dyna-Gro Grow for most of my plants. It is a urea-free, complete fertilizer that contains all the micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive.

WATER QUALITY

Maranta plants don’t like tap water, and over time, can develop brown tips due to fluoride and other additives found in tap water. Use rainwater or distilled water if you can. (Please note that brown edges on leaves are also commonly caused by leaving your soil too dry.)

In addition, when foliage is wet with hard water, it can leave mineral deposits on leaves.

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Hard water deposits on my prayer plant leaves

5. Should i cut prayer plant flowers off?

If your prayer plant has bloomed, and you’ve been satisfied with witnessing the (insignificant) flower show, it is probably best to cut off the flower spikes.

This will simply allow your plant to redirect its energy to focus on foliage growth versus on flower production.

That being said, your plant won’t necessarily suffer if you leave the flowers to develop. At a minimum, I would just make sure to remove any spent flowers and flower stalks after blooming is over in order to keep your plant tidier.

Has your prayer plant bloomed for you? Comment below. I’d love to hear!

Christina MacIsaac

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

My Prayer Plant is 3 to 4 feet tall plus width , they produced flowers on the fish bones , once they all bloomed it started to turn brown so I decided to cut of the fish bones on the stem but left the stems hope this will not effect my plant , had my plant for 3 years and never have a problem . I did not know u had to trim them and put new soil I was worried it might breaks some leaves of my plant.

Raffaele

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Wow! It sounds like you have quite a specimen, so keep doing what you're doing! It will not harm your plant at all if you leave them...When they get totally brown and and dry, you can carefully snip them off if you'd like.

Emma

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Yes! I’ve taken up houseplants as a hobby and the last year and picked up a prayer plant without any knowledge and she is thriving, surprisingly! Tons of new growth and after about 3 months she started to put out flowers! She in a north facing window (it’s and old window that is very drafty) but I’ve been so pleased with this plant!

Raffaele

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Sounds like you're doing a great job with your plant! :-)

Kenny

Monday 16th of May 2022

We just found a flower on our prayer plant! Tiny little thing. It normally sits on the floor by a north-facing window. I think the warm weather this week sparked some inspiration.

Raffaele

Tuesday 17th of May 2022

It's always a nice surprise!

Jolene

Monday 11th of April 2022

My prayer plant has bloomed once in over 20 years and I was totally surprised because I had no idea that they ever bloomed.

Raffaele

Monday 11th of April 2022

Aren't they cute little flowers? :-)