Maranta dislikes direct sunlight. If exposed to direct light, their leaves will fade in color intensity and often develop blotches or patches. In the winter, when the plants go into dormancy (and sometimes die back completely), give them bright light to maintain growth.
During the growth season, water frequently and never allow potting soil to dry out. They are very susceptible to drought. However, to avoid fungal problems, try not to get water directly on the leaves or let it sit.
Ideal temperatures for the prayer plant are between 60° and 80° F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves yellowing?
This is generally a sign of overwatering. Maranta plants like to be watered on a regular basis but do not like to sit in wet soil. Make sure you allow the top soil to dry out in between waterings.
Why do my leaves have brown tips?
This is likely because your plant is getting too much direct light. Maranta plants prefer bright but indirect sunlight.
Why are my leaves folding at night?
This is perfectly normal for a prayer plant. Their leaves fold up at night resembling praying hands, hence the name! Since maranta plants are typically found in rainforests, they have open leaves during the day to soak up sunlight and close their leaves at night to protect their leaves from too much water.