A common question people ask is how often they should water their prayer plant. The answer to this question really depends on where you live, the size of your prayer plant, and how much light it receives.
However, there are some general guidelines that will help determine when it is time to give your prayer plant a drink of H2O. Let’s jump in…
How Often To Water Prayer Plant?
Generally, it’s best to water a prayer plant once a week, but it depends on the size of your plant, how much light it receives, and where you live.
The amount that needs to be watered also depends on the type of potting soil used, as well as whether or not you are using an irrigation system like drip lines.
The best way to know when to water a prayer plant is to test the top 25% of soil and see if it’s dry. You can do this by sticking your finger down about two inches. If it’s dry, you should water the plant! If not, then don’t worry about it for now.
Can I Give Tap Water to My Prayer Plant?
No, giving tap water to a prayer plant is not recommended. The reason for this is because tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals that are bad for your plant over time.
We recommend using distilled or purified water instead of tap water in order to keep the prayer plant healthy!
Can I Use Cold Water on My Prayer Plant?
No, you cannot use cold water on a prayer plant. Coldwater can be harmful to the leaves and roots of your prayer plant because it will cause shock. The roots can become damaged and the plant will not be able to absorb nutrients as efficiently.
If you need to use cold water, make sure it’s room temperature before watering your prayer plant! You should also avoid using ice cubes because they have a similar effect on the leaves and roots of your praying plant.
How Much Water Should I Use on My Prayer Plant?
You should use approximately one or two cups of water when watering your prayer plant. As with most houseplants, you want to avoid overwatering and underwatering because both can lead to the death of the leaves.
If your praying plant is in a small pot then it’s best that you give just enough water until excess liquid comes out from the bottom of the pot.
If you notice that there are no drainage holes in your planter, then slowly pour about half an inch at a time into each container so that excess liquid doesn’t come out onto furniture nearby.
Can I Use Distilled Water on My Prayer Plant?
Yes, you can use distilled water on a prayer plant. Distilled water is one of the best ways to keep your plants and soil hydrated because there are no chemicals or minerals that will harm the roots and leaves over time, as tap water has.
This allows you to be able to give your praying plant as much H20 as it needs without worrying about damaging its roots or leaves!
What Happens if I Overwater My Prayer Plant?
If your prayer plant is overwatered, there are some side effects you will notice. For example, the leaves of the praying plant may become yellow and droopy.
This happens because too much water can lead to root rot or fungus that makes it difficult for oxygen in the soil to reach the roots!
When root rot is present, it is important to act quickly by removing the plant from its pot and letting it dry out. Any rotten roots should be pruned and discarded. The final step is to repot the prayer plant into fresh soil that drains well.
What Happens if I Underwater My Prayer Plant?
Underwatering is also very bad for an indoor prayer plant because they need water every week in order to maintain health and avoid dying out completely.
The main way that underwatered plants shows signs of distress is when the leaves start to wilt. If you notice your praying plant’s leaves turning slightly crispy and brown, then it could be because it needs water!
If the problem is not resolved, then chances are that all of the leaves will eventually die out before falling off completely in order to conserve energy for newer growths.
Save your underwatered prayer plant by soaking the entire root system in water for 30 minutes. After the soaking is done, you should then give your plant a big drink of H20 and let it drain completely before placing it back into its planter!
In conclusion, when it comes to how often you should water your prayer plant, follow these suggestions to keep your prayer plant happy and healthy!
As a reminder, you should never use cold water on your plant, as this can damage the roots and leaves! Be sure to also avoid using ice cubes because they have a similar effect.
Oh, and always use distilled or purified water instead of tap water if you want to make sure your plant is the healthiest it can be.
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.