1. The use of a flat pot is recommended because it's a shallow-rooted plant. Otherwise, it will be harder for the prayer plant to get all the necessary nutrients, and it will struggle and get exhausted, which manifests itself in slow growth.
2. Give this DIY soil potting mix a try. Combine sphagnum peat moss, loamy soil, and perlite in the proportion of 2:1:1, add gravel to the bottom to increase the draining properties. A universal soil mix might also work, but this recipe will result in a well-draining, acidic, supportive structure.
3. A prayer plant can be a good idea for a bathroom due to its humidity-loving nature. Keep the humidity high by misting it or putting it on a tray of pebbles. Alternatively, place the pot with your Maranta leuconeura close to other high-humidity plants.
4. The cuttings for propagation should be made just below a leaf node with a sterilized tool. It is generally a good idea to dip the ends in a rooting hormone powder. The cuttings are then put into soft water until new roots begin to show. During the wait, it is best to change the water every day. You then put the cuttings with fresh roots into the soil. Normally, it is recommended to restrain from abundant watering for a short while after transplanting a cutting. Another way how to propagate a prayer plant is through root division. Separate the stems when replanting at the end of a dormant season.
5. The leaves tend to curl up in response to cold stress and excessively dry air. Also, brown spots may form.
6. The prayer plant responds well to a mild fertilizer once a month. Use a solution of half the strength indicated on the package. Don't overdo the feeding and stop it altogether come winter. It's a slow grower, so don't force too much fertilizer on the plant to avoid chemical burns.
7. If you've been wondering whether your prayer plant is toxic to cats, good news – these plants are safe and nontoxic both to your human and animal babies.