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How To Revive A Prayer Plant
If you want to find out how to revive a prayer plant, it’s important to first discover the cause behind why your plant is dying. Prayer plants can suffer for a number of reasons from improper watering to lack of nutrients to incorrect lighting conditions. Luckily it’s normally quite obvious as to what it the cause if you know what to look for. Here we will go through the main causes of suffering prayer plants, how to identify each cause and what to do about them in order to revive your prayer plant.
How To Revive A Prayer Plant With Watering Issues
Prayer plants like to be moist but it’s important you allow the soil to partially dry out between waterings. A dying prayer plant could be due to too little or too much watering and it’s important to understand which is happening if you want to know how to revive a prayer plant.
Check the soil, is it dry to the touch? Do you go weeks between waterings? Are the leaves brown and crispy? If this is the case then you may be underwatering your plant. In order to revive your prayer plant you will need to increase your watering schedule. Allow the plant to partially dry out before watering it thoroughly. If this is something you struggle with then consider purchasing a moisture probe. With this you simply insert the metal probes into the soil and it gives you a reading of how moist the soil is. With a prayer plant I would recommend allowing the probe to read around a three before watering your plant. You may also want to consider cutting away brown leaves so that the plant can focus on growing new heathy leaves rather than trying to save old leaves. Once the damage is done the dead plant matter cant recover.
The other problem that people may have is overwatering a prayer plant. Is your soil constantly moist? Does it ever have a chance to dry out? Is your potting mix heavy? Do you have drainage holes in your pot? These are questions you can ask yourself to help identify if your plant is being overwatered. Physically are the leaves turning yellow? Is the stem squishy? Are parts of the plant black? These are all signs that you’re overwatering your plant and you now need to ask how to revive a prayer plant that has been overwatered. With this you want to get your plant out of the soggy mixture immediately. Work the soil away from the roots and allow it to dry out. Once your plant has dried out you can try repotting it. Make sure the pot you’re using for has drainage holes, use a well draining mix and start allowing your plant to dry out between waterings. Be sure to cut away any damaged plant matter so that the plant can concentrate on new growth.
There are other issues that can be causing a dying prayer plant but they’re normally quite easy to solve. Firstly let’s look at light. Your prayer plant needs bright indirect light. If you’ve got it in a low light area this could cause the plant to suffer, similarly if it’s in direct sunlight then this could cause the leaves to burn. In this instance of how to revive a prayer plant, simply look at the plants light placement and move it accordingly.
Next it’s important to fertilise your plant but only during the growing season. If you never fertilise your prayer plant this could be causing it to suffer. Start adding fertiliser to its care routine and see if this makes a difference. These plants will also benefit from medium to high levels of humidity so buying a humidifier could help your plant.
It’s useful to know how to revive a prayer plant if yours gets into trouble but it’s probably more useful to prevent these issues from occurring in the first place. Use our care guide to find out how to best look after a prayer plant and you hopefully shouldn’t come across these problems.