Plant Care

GARDENING IS A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND WE ENCOURAGE ALL GARDENERS TO FIND THE BALANCE OF WHAT WORKS FOR THEM AND THEIR PLANTS. THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN, BUT PLANTS ARE RESILIENT AND WILL OFTEN GROW WITH US AS WE LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED TO THRIVE.

 

UNDERSTANDING LIGHT

PHOTOSYNTHESIS IS THE PROCESS BY WHICH PLANTS CREATE THEIR ENERGY TO LIVE

How much direct or indirect sunlight your plant needs is vitally important.  If the sunrays are shinning on your plant, it’s considered direct light. When the plant is in a light filled environment, but the sun's rays are not directly hitting it, it’s considered indirect light.

Observe the type of light in the area you wish to have a plant, specifically check to see how long this area receives light, and choose a plant that is suited for the type of lighting in your home.

Periodically dust the face of the leaves to help improve the plant’s ability to absorb light.

 

PLANTING AND POTTING

SOIL IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ROOTS TO SOURCE IMPORTANT NUTERIENTS AND MINERALS IT NEEDS TO SURVIVE.

Plants could use a couple of days to adjust to the lighting in your home before repotting.

When choosing a new pot, pick a pot that is at least 2” wider than its current container.

When repotting your plant, gently remove some of the soil around the roots. Add a high-quality organic potting mix without compressing it too tightly. Leave about an inch of space from the top of the pot.

Drainage is another crucial factor in your plant’s well-being. If your pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, DO NOT directly plant in that pot. Instead, keep it in a plastic container that has holes in it, and simply remove it from the larger container when it’s time to water.

 

WATERING PRACTICES

WATER IS NOT THE PLANTS FOOD. WATER HELPS TRANSPORT NUTRIENTS AND MINERALS THROUGHOUT THEIR ROOTS, STEMS, AND LEAVES. 

Understanding the moisture in your soil will help you determine when to water your plant. The three basic conditions are:

  • Keeping the soil moist, not wet
  • Letting your soil completely dry before watering
  • Letting your soil stay dry for a number of days before watering

 A moisture meter is a great tool to help you determine your soil’s condition.

 Water the soil evenly. Cover the entire top layer SLOWLY, and give the soil time to soak up the water. Repeat this until a little bit of water drips from the drainage holes.

Plants that come from humid climates appreciate misting from time to time.

 

Happy Gardening and if you want to learn more, check out one of our plants care workshops