Tips, tricks, and plant guides to make plant care downright easy.
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Growing plants is good for your mental health? People of all ages find it very relaxing, soothing, and comforting to be surrounded by lively green plants. After a long day at work, doing hobbies, or staying with the kids; it will feel nice to take a deep breath and surround your environment with plants. You can become a confident and accomplished plant parent with these key tips for new indoor plant owners.
Are you ready to become an amazing plant parent? The term ''plant parent'' gets thrown around quite often with many beginners failing to recognize the essientials when taking care of your houseplants. Similar to us, plants require basic caregiving and nurturing throughout their growing process.
Every plant you meet here will have specific needs that may differ from the rest. It is very important to carefully go through our caregiving section and note down any information that may be vital for the plant's longevity. You're already on the right track by reviewing this section and given the fact that you're interested in plant care & parenting, we're assuming you hope to learn as much as you can!
Feel The Soil
One of the easiest ways to kill your plant is by not providing it with enough water. We tell you the watering conditions of each plant near the bottom when you shop through our website. The general rule of thumb for most plants is to see if the first inch or so of soil is dry. If dry, this is your plant telling you it’s thirsty. You can also take a look at the leaves to see if they are dry/discolored so you can adjust your regular watering routine. Some leaves will begin to curve downwards or “droop” when they need water.
How to water
As much as you think overwatering would seem to be better than under-watering, the truth is that overwatering is much worse. A plant can recover faster from being deprived of water than one given excess water. When watering your plant it’s also important to know how much water it requires. Some plants, like cacti, prefer to dry all the way through the soil while other plants, especially tropical ones, need to be watered once the top of the soil is dry. Remember each plant is special and following a unique watering schedule for each one will promote the most healthy plants instead of watering all your plants at the same time. In worst case scenarios an overwatered plant may need to be repotted, and all the unhealthy roots from the plant would need to be removed as well. Luckily, every plant you order from us comes equipped with a 3-in-1 moisture, light and pH meter that will let you know the status of the soil. It’s easy enough to test the moisture in the soil a few times a week to get a sense of when it needs to be watered.
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Your plants environment
Believe it or not it is important to scope out the area you will be leaving your plant. Most of our plants require low-medium indirect sunlight, but when dealing with specific plants that require lots of light, whether direct or indirect your environment will dictate how successful the plant will grow. The temperature of your home will also be important when growing the plant due to the fact that fluctuating temperatures can shock your plant/may lead to it not being able to develop. Most plants prefer temperatures of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius).
Smaller plants grow fast
Smaller plants are sometimes advantageous due to the fact that they adapt to their new homes quickly and have a larger ratio of roots to top growth. Larger plants will not grow until its roots catch up with the top growth taking them slightly longer to develop.
Low light plants
A small bathroom window with little to no direct light shining through is the perfect light source for these types of plants. Each time you shower the humidity produced will actually water these plants(plants that do not require too much watering) making them very easy to care for. It is still always good to double check the soil conditions every once in a while with your moisture meter.
How much water to pour in
You are sometimes told to water your plants lightly and frequently but this is not the whole truth. When doing this method, your plant may not receive the fuel it needs to survive. We recommend watering deeply, which means watering your plants heavily with water allowing for all the roots to receive the water as well. At the same time you must avoid overwatering so we suggest slowly watering your plant and watching for when the water isn't draining through the soil anymore. Make sure to stop there when you notice.
Repotting your plants can be a very simple and necessary part of keeping them healthy and growing. Simply get some new soil (preferably some that you’ve already used) and a pot that's about one inch wider in diameter than your old pot. You’ll know your plant is ready for repotting if, when the soil is completely dry, you can pull it out and see the roots tightly wrapped around the soil and/or you can see the roots coming out through the drainage hole. Once you're committed to repotting, It is CRUCIAL that you wait till the soil is completely dry. Next, remove your plant from the old container and slowly and gently massage the roots to loosen them up. Place some soil (pro-tip: place some rocks at the bottom of your pot to help with drainage) in the pot and then place your plant. Make sure to pack in the soil, but not too tightly. Once the plant is completely in their new pot, wait a day or two before watering to give your plant some time to adjust to its new home. Never repot a plant by pulling on its stems. This will not only ruin the stems and leaves, but also will tear the roots which are essential for surviving. Damaged roots may need some time to heal before being able to fully take in nutrients once again so pulling your plant out of its pot may not be the brightest idea. Remember, you don’t always have to repot your plants! If your plant is a good level of growth and you want to maintain its size feel free to keep it in the same pot, though giving it a good soil refresher every year or so, will help keep the soil healthy and full of nutrients.
Depending on your plant, some will thrive in high humidity or low humidity. This is why it’s important to know where your plant is from and what conditions it prefers! We will always recommend doing your research when deciding if a new plant is right for your home. But, we will try to provide you with as much information ourselves. If your home has dry air, and your plant thrives in humidity especially in the winter time, you may want to adjust the air. We recommend purchasing a humidifier for the rooms of your home that do not have the best air quality. You can also routinely mist the leaves with a spray bottle to maintain the humidity leaves it requires.
Dust your plants
Yes it's important to dust your plants. Plants that collect too much dust on their leaves will find it difficult to receive the essential sunlight they need for survival. This is especially important for dark green plants and plants with big leaves. A few times a year, use a cloth and lightly wipe down the leaves of your plants on both sides.
Give your plant a haircut
To help your plant continue growing, it's very important to get rid of old growth, similar to cutting the dead ends of your hair that are prohibiting the growth of your hair. This is called “pruning” which is the act of cutting some select branches or leaves off your plant to promote healthier and stronger growth. Usually after winter you'll notice some of the tips or leaves of your plant that are dying. It's as simple as trimming these specific sections off to maintain your plants growth. Also cutting off some leaves at the stem or nods, helps the plant grow back stronger, bigger leaves.