(or Prayer Plants) are compact plants have large oval and are grown for their ornamental foliage. Var : kerchoreana has midgreen smooth leaves with about ten purple markings on the upper surface which give it the common name Rabbit’s Tracks. (Underneath, the leaves are a muted purple in colour.) Another variety, erythrophylla has bright red veins on leaves which are bright green along the central rib. The common name, , is derived from the leaves’ habit of folding up together at night.
- Growing season 15-22 °C (60-72 °F)
- Minimum winter 7-10 °C (45-50 °F)
Soil: A well-drained soil-less.
Where to: In light shade and out of direct sunlight. It is moderately tolerant but draughts or excessive temperature fluctuations can result in unsightly damage.
Watering requirements: Maintain a moist soil condition with lukewarm soft water. It likes high. Mist-spray daily in hot weather; weekly at other times.
General care: Maintainand spray daily in hot weather. Cut off damaged leaves with brown tips. Give a well-diluted liquid fertilizer weekly in spring, summer and autumn, but not in winter. Re-pot into a shallow pot in spring using fresh and ensure good .
Rest: Maintain a moist soil condition in winter. No special routine; the rest period is only a slowing of growth in cold weather.
When it looks sick:
- Plant seems loose in the soil and looks tired and sick : Root-rot caused by over- . Try ; the plant may not survive but will die if left.
- Leaves drying and going brown and dry : Probably under-watered; use soft, lukewarm water to restore soil condition.
- Browning tips and edges to leaves : Check the humidity as this is the probable cause. Spray regularly in warm weather.