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How To Revive A Prayer Plant

Prayer plants are among the most preferred houseplants because of their big, showy leaves. Prayer plant is an eye-catching houseplant admired and treasured by many indoor garden lovers.

But this tropical plant is not as easy to care about as other houseplants are. Prayer plants need your continuous attentiveness and diligence. If not given the appropriate care and attention, Prayer plants might start withering.

How to Revive a Prayer Plant

If your Prayer plant has already begun to wither and provide you subtle clues of dying, don’t worry. In this short guide, we’ll discuss with you all the potential problems and most effective solutions to revive your Prayer plant.

Revive Prayer Plant – Potential Problems & Solutions

Before we begin to discuss the solutions to why your Prayer plant is wilting, remember one key point reviving a Prayer plant is not an overnight process. Reviving a Prayer plant will need your utmost consideration and understanding of the fundamental nature of the plant.

Below are the best possible problems of why your Prayer plant is wilting, showing brown leaves, or might have dying roots

1. Too Little Or Too Much Water

Underwatering or over-watering can be the prime reasons why your Prayer plant is near to its death. Both under-watering and overwatering can cause severe complications in the growth and proper functioning of the Prayer plant. Underwatering can cause the leaves to turn crunchy brown and eventually wither.

Overwatering means you are watering your Prayer plant more than it requires for proper functioning and growth. This can rot the roots of your Prayer plant and disturb the overall functioning of the plant.


For the Prayer plant’s proper growth, your pot soil must be evenly moist during the summer. To know when to water them, dig your finger in the potting soil. If your soil is moist, wait for it to dry a little bit and then water it.

2. Tap Water

Another reason why your Prayer plant might be dying can be the tap water. The prayer plant’s edges turn brown and wither because of the high salt content in the tap water.

All species of the Prayer plants are sensitive when it comes to salt and mineral content in the water.


The tap water has more or high salt and mineral content than distilled water, rainwater, or well water. Therefore, it is recommended to water the Prayer plant with distilled water, rainwater, or well water.

If you see brown edges around your Prayer plant, don’t freak out. It is common for Prayer plants to have brown edges, simply cut off the brown edges with sharp shears.

NOTE: Cutting off the brown edges won’t do anything for reviving a prayer plant, it will merely enhance the aesthetic look of the plant.

3. Too Bright Or Too Dark

Prayer plants, in general, are tropical plants and don’t require bright direct light. Many species of Prayer plants get dried out because of direct bright sunlight.

Whether you have Maranta, Stromanthe, Calathea, Ctenanthe, or any other Prayer plant species, they all are sensitive to direct sunlight. All species of Prayer plants, in general, are low light tolerant tropical plants.

The direct sunlight will make the Prayer plants’ leaves lose their luster and eventually dry them out completely.

Similar to bright direct sunlight, placing Prayer plants in too dark areas can also cause them damage. It will be an utterly pathetic mistake to put your Prayer plant in an overly dark area. The plant will be deprived of sunlight for proper functioning and growth.

The plant won’t produce food for plants through photosynthesis, where sunlight plays a major role. When not met with enough food and nutrients distribution, your Prayer plant will eventually die.


To address this problem, place your Prayer plant in places where they can indirectly get a moderate amount of sunlight. If you have windows facing south, simply place your Prayer plant slightly away from them.

Keep an eye on your Prayer plant and see whether it is getting accustomed to the amount of sunlight you are providing it with.

4. Humidity

Being a tropical plant, Prayer plants thrive best in moderate or high humidity. Low humidity can be the cause of why your Prayer plant is about to die or wither.

This happens mostly when you place your Prayer plants in areas where the heat is high, and humidity is low. This mistake is a common practice among new Prayer plant owners.


To provide your Prayer plants high humidity, buy a humidifier. Another way is to place them on a stone frame filled with water. If you are not sure whether your Prayer plant has enough humidity or not, buy a humidity meter.

Test the humidity level around the plants. Once you have a clear picture, address the problem by placing a humidifier around your Prayer plant.

Repotting Prayer Plant

To revive your Prayer plant, transport it into a freshly filled soil pot. After taking out the Prayer plant from the old pot, check the dead roots. The vital sign of dead roots is the funky odor, or they look completely dried out.

If you find any dead roots, carefully cut them apart from other roots. Place the Prayer plant into the new pot and cover the surface of the pot with some pebbles. After this, cut the dead or crunchy rust-colored leaves with a sharp scissor or shears. Once the new pot is set, timely water, the leaves of your Prayer plant.

NOTE: Remember not to water the leaves of your Prayer plants in the evening as water drops can cause fungus overnight on the leaves.


As said earlier in the article, reviving a Prayer plant is not an overnight process. Keep your Prayer plant’s soil evenly moist, provide them moderate indirect sunlight, high humidity, and love.

The plant will slowly but surely revive with lustrous, showy leaves.