Plant Care

Soil

What is the best soil for succulents & cacti?


Cacti and succulents grow best in porous soil and well aerated soil. This means, you want some grit in your soil- gravel, large grains of sand, pumice, etc. You want to make room for water to pass right through and not stick to the soil particles. Avoid soil that would retain a lot of moisture such as soils heavy in organic matter (worm poop, manure, etc.) and moisture retaining agents like peat moss and clay.




What is the best soil for foliage plants?


Foliage plants will do well in a traditional potting mix, although they will thrive if you add additional organic matter like worm poop or compost to your mixture. The "golden rule" for container potting is to pot plants in well draining soil so the roots dont get a "soggy bottom" AKA root rot! If you're the one who likes to overwater, add some texture to your potting soil mixture. You can try gravel, small stones, or lava rock. This will break up the compaction and help keep soil loose while retaining the water it needs.




What is the best soil for flowering plants?


Very similar to foliage, flowering house plants will grow well in a tradtional potting mix made of potting soil, peat moss, and vermiculite or perlite. Tricks to getting your flowers to bloom are sunlight, pruning and a healthy balance of fertilizer. A helpful hint for the right fertilizer- too much nitrogen will result in beautiful foliage, but might stunt your blooms! Look for fertilizer that has flower boosting phosphorous.





Light

How do I know if my apartment has good lighting for plants?


Find out which direction your windows face. Fastest way to do this is to use the compass that comes on your smartphone OR look for where the sun sets and rises. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. North and South are easy to figure out from there. Southern exposure is ideal for plants. East and West facing exposure are also good. With Eastern light, you will notice during the winter solstice that your light will decrease significantly. Its okay, just make sure to decrease watering and dont expect much growth from your plants. Northern exposure has the least amount of light and you should consider low-light plants for your home. PRO TIP: with too much sun, some plants can get a sunburn. Ferns, pothos, certain palms, ivy, peace lily, aglaonema, etc. are some of the plants on the sensitive foliage list.





General Health

My plant(s) are starting to die, what should I do?


We'll help diagnose the problem and keep your plant(s) alive. Contact us to learn about our home visits and/or online plant doctor service!




Why are the leaf tips turning brown?


Depending on the plant and home enviroment, it can mean different things. Common diagnosis is that your plant is too dry and/or recieving too much direct sunlight. Glass windows magnify sun and can often be too harsh for soft foliage, and leaves get sunburned. Ferns, palms, bird of paradise, and others have sensitive foliage.




Do I need to rotate my plant?


Most plants grow toward a source of light, so turn your plants once in a while when you see it lean toward a light source.




Whats the best room temp for a plant?


Fortunatley, most plants live well within the same temperature we do- ranging anywhere from 59-75 degrees. Plants do prefer more humidity than we have in our homes!




My cat/dog/toddler/friend/sibling/etc has damaged the foliage on my plant. Will that hurt the plant?


Time for a good pruning! Dont fret, unless the culprit attacked the roots, your plant is okay! If half of foliage is still in tact, follow the lines of the foliage and prune the leaves into the shape they naturally grow.





Watering

I live in the city, should I filter tap water before giving it to my plants?


Most tap water contain very low levels of chlorine and flouride. However, the level of minerals are so low, they will not hurt your plant.




How often should I water my plant?


Is it time to water? Start by sticking your finger into the top inch of your potted plant closest to the edge. Dont get too close to the stem, you dont want to disturb the roots. If the soil is completley dry, its time to water!





Kokedama

How do I water my plant?


About once a week, fill up a bucket or your sink with water and submerge the moss ball for 4-5 minutes (or until it feels nice and heavy). Give it a loving squeeze to drain excess water and let sit for a few minutes to finish any drippage. Hang her right back up and let her grow grow grow! Have a hard time watering consistently? Set an alarm on your phone for the same day that you purhased your plant from us!




Kokedama Care Infographic






Terrariums

Terrarium Care Infographic





How often should I mist my open terrarium?


Every 3-4 days!




How often should I mist my closed terraium?


If it is air tight, it shouldnt need any misting! If you arent seeing it "sweat" on the inside, give it a good mist and make sure it is out of direct sunlight! If it breathes, like our cork tops, then it could be misted once every other week! Again, keep it out of direct sunlight!





Moss Frames

How do I care for my moss frame?


Zero care required! Just look at it ;)





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