Prayer plants are popular houseplant because it is easy to care for and doesn’t need much sunlight. Prayer plants have been known as air purifiers, but what about those little holes in the leaves? Read on to find out why prayer plant leaves get holes and how you can solve this problem!
Why Are There Holes In My Prayer Plant Leaves?
You can blame pests for the holes in your prayer plant leaves. There are many leaf-tunneling pests that can cause damage to your prayer plant leaves, such as aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites. These pests insert their mouthparts into the leaf tissue to suck out the sap, leaving behind telltale holes in the leaves.
These pests are most active during the dark hours, which means it is important to check your prayer plant during the day for signs of damage.
The other potential cause of leaf holes is leaf disease, which is most commonly caused by a fungus. The fungal spores can be carried in on the wind or rain and infect the leaves when they are wet.
How To Stop Holes in Prayer Plant Leaves?
My favorite way to prevent prayer plant holes is to use neem oil. Neem oil (Amazon link) is a safe, organic alternative to chemical pesticides. I use it on all of my houseplants and have never had an issue with the plants being damaged or having any negative reactions.
If disease if the cause of holes, then you should use a fungicide. Guess what? Neem oil is an effective fungicide too! Simply spray the leaves of the prayer plant until they are completely covered.
Insects might be more difficult to get rid of, but you can try introducing beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, into your home. These bugs eat other insects so if there is an infestation in your houseplant, they can help to get rid of it.
Lastly, you can try hand-picking the pests from the leaves. This is a tedious process, but it will work if there are only a few pests on the plant. Just be sure to dispose of them properly so they don’t come back!
How To Keep your Prayer Plant Healthy?
Location: Prayer plants like bright, indirect sunlight. They can survive in low light but will grow faster and produce more leaves if they are near a window with plenty of sun exposure
Watering: Prayer plant like to be moist, not soggy. Water the soil when it is dry and does not allow prayer plants to sit in water
Fertilizing: Fertilize your prayer plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month during the warmer months
Temperature and humidity: Prayer plants do not like cold temperatures. Keep the plant away from drafty areas
Soil: Prayer plants prefer a light, well-draining soil. You can add some organic matter to the potting mix to help improve drainage.
To conclude, there are many reasons why prayer plant leaves get holes. The most common cause is pests, but leaf disease and environmental factors can also be to blame. There are several ways to stop the holes from appearing, but the best way to prevent them is by using a safe, organic pesticide like neem oil.
Prayer plants love sunny locations with moist soil and should be fertilized once a month with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. Keep them away from cold temperatures and drafts, and they will flourish.
I hope you have found this information helpful! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message. Thanks for reading!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.