Pray for Us soil blend
Prayer plants have a reputation for being drama queens, but we decided to fix that. This blend has special moisture-retentive properties, so it holds extra water but keeps it away from the roots until your plant needs it. The special properties of this soil will actively increase the humidity in the air as moisture evaporates, too! Also contains a special blend with extra neem seed meal.
Environment match: picky fusspots that never want to dry out OR drown.
- Prayer plants (Maranta, Calathea, Ctenanthe, Stromanthe)
- Alocasia species (Regal Shield, African Mask/Polly, etc)
- Colocasia species (elephant ear)
- …and any other thirsty, issue-prone drama babies 🙂
Oh Happy Dirt is our line of hand-blended potting mixes that are created to suit different plants’ needs. Not all soils are created equal!
Here’s how we measure up:
- We practice sustainability: our blends start with coco coir and coco chips, a renewable resource. We do not use non-renewable peat moss.
- Due to concerns about fluoride, we don't use perlite.
- We use compostable bags and labels for our retail products.
- We know that whole ingredients are better for all of us – plants included! We use real ingredients like alfalfa meal, flax seed meal, and rock dust to ensure balance for your plants.
- We do not use nitrogen fertilizers produced with the ecologically detrimental Haber-Bosch process.
- We know the importance of the gut microbiome - even in plants! All of our soils include a mycorrhizal inoculant with endo and ecto-mycorrhizae.
- We also include charcoal and humates to encourage a healthy root environment.
Above all, we take the work out of re-potting plants. By choosing Oh Happy Dirt you are giving your plants the highest-quality substrate on the market, without the guesswork of creating a recipe that’s responsive to each species’ needs.
I used the Pray for Us soil with my gray star Calathea and my Lemon Lime Maranta. Both plants were growing very slowly, like 1-2 leaves very 2-3 weeks. Now both plants are growing at least three leaves at a time! Highly recommend for prayer plants!
Since repotting my Alocasia Polly, 2 new leafs have popped and a baby plant is coming up as well. I can’t wait to see how my 2 Calatheas and Rattlesnake Plant react when I repot them!
LOVE this product! I purchased this soil as a last-ditch effort to hopefully keep several calatheas I had purchased from dying and it actually worked! I repotted a Dottie and a White Fusion, both of which had major fungal infections and possible spider mites as well using this soil - the Dottie unfortunately was not treated soon enough and all the leaves died but the root system was happy enough in this dirt that I spotted a few tiny sprouts where it is regrowing! The White Fusion only had two leaves before repotting, but after repotting it has grown 4 more leaves and is happy as can be! I also repotted a Hilo Beauty that fired all except for one leaf but quickly grew two more as well as an Alocasia Azlanii and a Black Velvet Alocasia, both of which are absolutely thriving! I highly recommend this soil for any calathea or alocasia!
There is no better soil for your calathea, maranta, goeppertia, etc. than this specific blend. I repotted a struggling never never plant using Pray For Us and a year later it has quadrupled in size and the roots were quite literally busting out of the pot. The soil maintains a perfectly spongy, moist environment for all our fussy friends. I'll never use anything else.
Pray for Us soil blend
I've repotted 2 of my Alocasias with this soil blend, and it seems to be doing really well for them. Besides the usual alocasia repotting drama, they're looking good and the soil mix drains great for them! I also enjoy watching the little rice sprouts come up.
not sure yet too early to tell how plants respond but not sure why i have all these grass sprigs growing out of the soil
Hi Wendy, thanks for the review! The grass is actually little rice sprouts from the rice hulls. We choose not to boil our rice hulls because they break down too quickly after boiling, so there are a few little rice seeds that are viable in most batches of soil. You can either squish these back into the soil as a 'green manure' and let them decompose, pull them out (after the initial sprout, more won't grow), or you can call yourself a farmer and grow some rice if you want to experiment :)
This soil is amazing!! I purchased a sickly Alocacia with heavily damaged leaves and a mite problem, repotted it in this soil, and even while it was going through the stress of repotting and neem oil treatment for the mites, it shot up 6 inches in only 2 weeks and is so healthy and happy, recovering beautifully