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by Cris on December 22, 2003 01:11 PM
I have just potted a cutting from a prayer plant. I have had no luck in the past with these plants, but want to try it again. What do I have to do to make this plant survive?

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by Will Creed on December 25, 2003 09:51 PM
Hi Cris,

I assume that you are using a cutting with one node in the soil and just a couple of leaves above the soil and that you are using a porous, peaty potting mix in a small pot.

I recommend that you use a clear plastic bag to enclose the pot and cutting. When sealed this will maintain the humidity and the constantly moist soil moisture that the cuttings need to develop roots.
by Cris on December 28, 2003 04:55 PM
Will,

Do I have to keep the prayer plant in a bag forever or just until the plant gets a good root base? It is currently sitting on a bench in between spider plants and a varigated pineapple.

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Cris
by njoynit on January 01, 2004 05:32 AM
prayer plants like high humidity.being up north you are dryer this time of year plus have heat running.setting on platter of stones with water but not letting the roots touch so no rotting would help also adding a humidifer to room

I'd hate to look at plant in bag....would do terraruim.I grew a prayer plant long time ago.very nice flower.need another one

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by TomR on January 01, 2004 02:41 PM
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Originally posted by Cris:
Will,

Do I have to keep the prayer plant in a bag forever or just until the plant gets a good root base? It is currently sitting on a bench in between spider plants and a varigated pineapple.

No not forever! Just a couple of weeks. This acts like a mini greenhouse to hold humidity. In a few weeks the cutting should have developed enough roots and you can take it out of the plastic. But you may want to increase the humidity by using a humidifier or humidity tray under the plants.

Happy new year!

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