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ThatKind
Jun 8, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Hi guys,
Today I got a prayer plant as a gift, but when I was moving it into another pot - I feel like I did something wrong because his leafs was straight this morning and now I feel like they are a bit down.
Can someone tell me if they are like they should be or did I messed up?
Thank you in advance!
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OAP
Jun 8, 2020 7:55 AM CST
Hello ThatKind,

In my experience, any time you transplant a plant, its foliage may droop a little for a day or two as it transitions into its new position in a larger pot. I never try to break up the root ball if I plant or transplant. I do water immediately afterward, though, The root ball will start to open up and expand on its own and eventually grow out to meet the confines of its pot or planted space.

Again, in my experience, the roots will grow outward and downward until they meet resistance from the container, and then the portion of the plant you see will start to grow more. This is why you should move a root bound plant to a slightly larger pot size but not a much larger size, i.e. to keep the portion of the plant that is above the soil growing as much as the roots.

Your plant looks healthy to me, and I do not think you harmed it. I think it just needs a day or two to adjust. Make sure you water it according to its needs and provide some plant food for it, and it should be fine. Smiling
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Welcome! How much of the original soil did you remove whe you repotted? What did you replace it with? How much larger is the new pot?
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ThatKind
Jun 8, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Thank you guys, it has rised above haha
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Macrocentra
Jun 8, 2020 2:11 PM CST
It's pretty normal for prayer plants to fold their leaves upward overnight as well. Hence their names. Smiling

Prayer plants and calatheas fold their leaves straight up at night, and flatten them back out during the day.
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OAP
Jun 8, 2020 4:22 PM CST
How interesting, Macrocentra. I never knew that!

I thought your plant would be fine, ThatKind. Glad of it. Thumbs up
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