Why Prayer Plants Drooping? And How to Fix Them

 Why Prayer Plants Drooping? And How to Fix Them

Prayer plants (Maranta leuconera) are grown for their eye-catching leaves, which lie flat during the day and rise at night as if praying. There are dozens of species of these plants, but only a few are suitable for indoors.

Like any other plant, prayer plants suffer from a number of problems that can harm their appeal. In this article I will discuss the causes of Maranta wilt, so read on to learn how to prevent and correct this problem in your plants.

Causes of prayer plants Drooping

Poor watering
Maximum temperature
Excessive sunlight
Low humidity
Insects and diseases
Lots of fertilizer
Physical damage

1. Poor Watering

First, if you water your prayer plants inadequately, they will receive less water from the ground than they lose to the atmosphere. Second, if you water them too much, their roots will rot because they are waterlogged and unable to absorb water. In both cases, the plant cells do not get enough water, so the plants lose their strength.

To deal with waterlogging, you need to water your plants when the soil is dry and make sure it is fully saturated. On the other hand, to avoid overwatering, you should stop watering your plants every day. You also need to use well-drained soil to combat waterlogging issues.

2. Extreme Temperature

Very high temperatures cause the plant to lose a lot of water. It also kills cells, causing them to fall. On the other hand, very low temperatures inactivate plant cells and stop the processes that keep the entire plant strong.

Prayer plants require temperatures between 65-85°F (18-30°C), so they must be kept within this range. It is also advised not to plant your plants near any items or systems that generate hot or cold air.

3. Excessive Sunlight

Excessive sunlight can have a severe effect on sensitive plants such as maranta. This effect weakens or even kills cells, weakening the entire plant. If there is no interruption of sunlight and the plant does not get enough water, it will droop and eventually wilt.

To combat this problem, you need to monitor which plants are exposed to sunlight and provide shade if the sunlight is too much. You can also move the plants to a sunny, protected area.

4. Low Humidity

Prayer plants require medium to high humidity for healthy plant growth. If the humidity is low, it loses more water to the atmosphere and its leaves become dull and weak. If the humidity is low, they will eventually fall off.

There are several ways to improve the humidity around your plants. You can use a humidifier or place a tray of water around the plants to increase the water vapor in the air. You can also wash your plants occasionally.

5. Pests and Diseases

Sap-sucking insects can cause wilt because they remove too much water from plants. The most common pests of prayer plants include aphids, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites. On the other hand, diseases can damage roots and stems that interfere with the absorption and movement of water into plant cells.

To kill insects, you can use insecticidal soap or pyrethrin, which is safer for humans and pets. I recommend using Summit Spray oil which is usually ready to use and can kill all insects that attack ornamental plants. When it comes to diseases, the best way to combat them is to destroy diseased plants. Some common diseases of these plants include root rot, leaf spot, and mosaic virus.

6. Too Much Fertilizer

Applying too much fertilizer to your prayer plants may damage their roots and prevent water absorption. Overfertilizing can also “burn” your plants, causing them to drop and wilt.

If you plan to fertilize your plants, you'll need to use the recommended amount — just enough to increase the soil's nutrient content. If you have already used a large amount, you need to rinse the clay with plenty of water.

7. Physical Damage

Physical damage to prayer plants is very possible, and it can happen without you, your family members, or your guests knowing. If the stem of the plant is damaged, its leaves do not receive water and nutrients and thus fall off.

To avoid damaging your plants, you need to be very careful when carrying out your activities at home. For any plants that are physically damaged, you can straighten them out, support weak stems and leave them to recover.

A possible combination of different factors

It is very likely that your praying mantis is drooping due to one or more of the factors discussed above. With this information, I hope you can find the cause of the problem, fix it, and bring your houseplants back to life.

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