General Plant Care Tips

Hello Plant Friends! 

We have complied our top tips and best practices for loving on your plant. Take a look below and find out how to best care for your new baby. As always, if you have any questions or something is not looking happy and healthy and you can’t figure out what is going on, give us a call and we are happy to help!

1- New relationships can be hard :-) Remember your new plant, fern, orchid/succulent baby is a living being and needs a minute to adjust to its new environment. A change in environment, including a change in temperature, light levels, humidity in the air, change in watering schedule, can cause the plant stress. So pay a little extra attention and have patience with the plant (and yourself!) while you are getting adjusted. 

2- Make sure your plant is the right match for you. If your schedule is crazy or you are on the move for work with travel, getting a higher maintenance plant like a fern or lemon cypress is probably not the best choice for you. However, a succulent, cactus or another drought tolerant plant would a great option! And when all else fails, we have fabulous “faux” plants and trees that may be the perfect fit for you and your (lack-of) watering habits. 

4- Sunshine makes me happy. Most house plants like a lot of bright indirect light. If you don’t have a lot of light in your home, a plant like the fiddle leaf fig may not be good choice; however, a shade loving fern would be a perfect choice! And again, for the plant lover that is an unintentional plant killer we have our fabulous “faux” plants that are happy just about any place you set them.

5- Don’t “over love” your plants. The less love they receive in the form of water is best. Your plant can withstand less water far better than too much water. For most plants, especially orchids, succulents and cacti, the less water they receive, the better. 

6- Test the soil. The tried and true way to know if your plant needs water is to feel the soil. We can make our recommendations but every home environment is different and watering & plant placement may need to be adjusted based on the environment. 

Plant-Specific Care Instructions

Care Level: Easy

CACTI

Light: Bright and sunny.  

Water: Sparingly. Let dry completely before watering.

SUCCULENT

Light: Bright and sunny.

Water: Sparingly. Let dry completely before watering.

AIR PLANTS

Light: Likes light but no direct sunlight.

Water: Mist regularly or soak every 2 weeks for 20 minutes. When taken out of water gently shake until all water is out of plants.

SNAKE PLANTS

Light: While they can withstand full sun and handle low light, indirect sunlight is ideal for a snake plant.

Water: Snake plants can easily rot so make sure the soil is well-drained and don’t water it too much (especially in winter). Allow the soil to dry in between waterings. As they originate from arid deserts, these plants do well in sandier soils.

SPIDER PLANTS

Water: Low to average. Depending on how warm & bright your house is, this might be every 10-14 days. Water them when they’re almost dry & be sure to let the water drain all the way through the pot.

Light: Here’s where Spider Plants are most adaptable…They prefer nice bright light (like a west, north or east window) but will do fine in lower light conditions. Just know that if you have 1 of the variegated varieties, it’ll revert to solid green. 

CARE LEVEL: MODERATE

FERNS

Light: Keep them in a shady area that gets plenty of indirect sunlight.

Water: Make sure the soil around them stays moist at all times, but not waterlogged.

 Ferns prefer lots of humidity and temperatures around 70 °F, so try to keep the temperature and humidity levels consistent if you're growing your plants indoors.

ORCHIDS

Light: Likes light but not direct sunlight.

Water: Every 2 weeks (2-3 shot glasses worth of water).

KALANCHOES

Light: As bright as possible, something like a south and/or west exposure. Give it lots of sun but nothing direct for more than 2 hours. Keep it away from the hot windows – touching glass will burn it.

Water: Every 2 weeks in the warmer months. If the soil is still wet, wait until the top 1/2 dries out. Don’t let it sit in water. Remember, they are succulents which means they store water in their leaves & stems.

LEMON CYPRESS

Light: Partial shade in hot areas. Full sun in moderate coastal zones.

Water: Keep well watered but not soggy. Can dry quickly in the pot. Be careful to avoid excessive drying or plant may not recover.

MYRTLE TOPIARY

Light: Give it as much light as possible, especially indoors. Otherwise it will turn spindly and not have that coveted density. Make sure to rotate occasionally for even growth on all sides.

Water: Never let the myrtle dry out completely, but water accordingly. If sitting outside in full sun, especially in a porous clay pot, daily watering might be necessary. Be mindful not to have water sitting in the saucer for too long as this can cause root rot.. Dump out any excess water afterwards. Misting is also beneficial. 

RUBBER PLANT

Light: When you have a rubber tree houseplant, it needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. This allows plenty of light, but not too much. 

Water: The rubber tree plant also needs the right balance of water. During the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off. During the dormant season, it may only need watered once or twice a month. If the leaves begin to droop, but not fall off, increase the water you give the rubber tree houseplant gradually until the leaves perk back up again.

FIDDLE LEAF FERNS

Light: Give it bright consistent light, preferably by a sunny window. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean toward the light.

Drafts: Make sure that your window is properly sealed. Figs are used to the still, warm conditions of the rainforest. Cold drafts from windows, doors and air-conditioning units may cause its leaves to dry out and drop.

Water: Water only when soil is dry to the touch. Then water thoroughly (until the water drains into the saucer) and allow to dry out again. If plants don’t get enough water, new leaves will turn brown and drop; on the other hand, if they are overwatered, the oldest leaves (toward the base of the plant) will turn brown and fall off.

Pests: Figs are vulnerable to aphids, mealy bugs, scale, mites and whiteflies, causing leaves to turn yellow and drop. Inspect the foliage regularly, and if signs of infestation occur, wipe down the leaves with a solution of ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent and one gallon of water.

Good For Air Quality

Fiddle Leaf Ficus

Snake Plant

Spider plants

Succulent

Aloe

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