Plant Care

Plant Care

This section is about getting to know your plant and addressing what it needs to thrive.  Plants vary in many ways, we encourage you to think of them individually and avoid a universal method for care.  Below are three basic aspects of plant care that together provide a solid foundation for survival and success. 

Light

Photosynthesis is the process by which plants create their energy to live.   
How much direct or indirect sunlight your plants need is of vital importance.  
When assessing the lighting conditions in your home or garden, 
first take into account from which direction, the duration and at what 
strength the light is entering the space. 
Considering these aspects before purchasing will vastly improve your plant’s chances of survival.   

  

Water

Plants use water as a conduit to transport nutrients and minerals throughout their systems.  
It is important to maintain moisture levels according to each plant’s needs to avoid issues.  
Test the soil periodically by touch by pressing a finger at least an inch below the surface to feel for adequate moisture.  
Be sure to check each plant individually as needs and water consumption vary.  
Use a moisture meter if you are unsure. 
Keep in mind that drainage is also a crucial factor in your plant’s wellbeing.  
Most pots have a drainage hole at the bottom, but those that do not require slip potting 
(a drain friendly plastic insert that is lifted out when watering ). 
 

Potting

A plant needs a couple of days to adjust to new lighting conditions when you bring it home.  After that, it’s a good idea to repot it with fresh, organic soil. When plants outgrow their pots you will notice that roots are curling and wrapping around themselves. Use a pot that is at least two inches larger and add soil as necessary.  

Balance

Plants only have a few ways to express themselves, these are our cues to help.  For example, yellowing leaves can be a sign of a number of problems.  Also, pests arrive when a plant is stressed in some way.  The simple steps of an IPM method state: observe your plant and take note of all its symptoms.  Make sure it’s getting the right amount of light, the watering schedule is appropriate and check for root and drainage issues.  If problems with pests persist, seek out the most non-invasive and organic method for removal.

Attend one of our workshops to learn more!