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Why Is My Green Prayer Plant Falling Over

Updated: June 25, 2022

The green prayer plant, scientifically known as Maranta leuconeura, is a popular indoor plant choice for its attractive foliage and ease of care. However, if you notice that your prayer plant is starting to lean over or fall to the side, there could be several reasons why this is happening.

Not Enough Light

One of the most common reasons why a green prayer plant may start to fall over is due to a lack of light. These plants require bright, indirect light to thrive and if they are not getting enough light, they will start to lean towards the nearest source of light in an attempt to get more. If you notice your prayer plant leaning towards a window or light source, it’s a good indication that it needs more light.


Overwatering is another common issue with prayer plants. These plants prefer moist but not soggy soil and can quickly develop root rot if they are overwatered. When the roots start to rot, they can no longer support the weight of the plant, causing it to fall over. To prevent overwatering, make sure to allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again.


On the flip side, underwatering can also cause a prayer plant to fall over. When a plant is not getting enough water, its leaves will start to droop and wilt. If left untreated, the plant will eventually become too weak to support itself and may collapse. Make sure to water your prayer plant regularly and keep an eye on the soil moisture levels.


Pests like spider mites and mealybugs can also cause a prayer plant to fall over. These tiny insects feed on the plant’s leaves and stems, weakening them over time. You may also notice yellowing or browning leaves along with webbing or cotton-like substances on the plant. To treat a pest infestation, use a natural insecticide or try wiping the plant down with a damp cloth.

Pot Size

Finally, the size of your plant’s pot can also affect its stability. If your prayer plant has outgrown its pot, it may become too top-heavy and start to fall over. To fix this issue, simply repot your plant into a larger container with fresh soil.

By identifying and addressing the underlying cause of your prayer plant’s falling over, you can help it recover and regain its strength.


What should I do if my prayer plant is falling over?

Check the light levels, water levels, and pot size to identify the underlying cause of the issue. Make the necessary adjustments to help your plant regain its strength.

Can I save a prayer plant that has collapsed?

It depends on the severity of the damage. Try propping up the plant with stakes or supports and addressing any underlying issues like overwatering or pests. If the damage is too severe, it may be difficult to save the plant.

How often should I water my green prayer plant?

Prayer plants prefer moist but not soggy soil. Water your plant once a week or when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Should I fertilize my prayer plant?

Yes, fertilizing your prayer plant once a month during the growing season can help promote growth and keep it healthy. Use a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength.