The prayer plant is also known as the Ten Commandments. It is a houseplant that simply is beautiful before and after it blooms. Coming from Africa, Brazil and Asia, the plants leaves are decorated with dark patches between its veins.
As it names suggests, its foliage will fold and appear as clasped hands in prayer. As the plant matures, its dark patches between veins darken. Greenish-gray with speckles of purple blanket the underside of the leaves. In its native countries, the prayer plant is often used as groundcover.
The Ten Commandments plant can reach a height of four feet, while its leaves stretch to a length of half a foot. Scientifically know as Maranta Leuconeura Kerchoveana and it falls under the Marantaceae family, which has over four hundred species.
The prayer plant can quickly adapt as a houseplant. Bright indirect sunlight is where it will grow best. To draw out its rich colors, correct lighting is required. Its leaves can burn if giving too much sunlight, while insufficient sunlight will cause its leaves to curl up and turn brown.
Between spring and fall, warm water should be used on the plants. They do not do well in soggy soil, be sure the container has drainage hole at the bottom. High humidity will allow the plant to thrive and encourage blooming. A spray bottle of water and occasional misting will meet the humidity needs of the prayer plant.
The plant is somewhat temperamental to changes in temperature. For best results, keep the room temperature between sixty-five and eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Misting the prayer plant can help make it through cold temperature.