Plant care

All plants require some form of TLC. Rest assured, all planted deliveries arrive with some simple instructions on how to care for your greenery. Our tips are general in nature but overall, for happy plants you need to remember two things – plants love light and water.

LOCATION

Where you place your indoor plant is a very important (but often ignored) part of keeping your greenery alive.

  • Generally, indoor plants that have dark green leaves photosynthesis better than those with light green or colour leaves. So, this means that they require less light to stay alive and are able to tolerate shaded spots better. Leaves that are light in colour or patterned usually need more natural light.
  • If your plant needs more light, it’s best to place it in a room that receives a nice amount of natural light throughout the day but remember to NEVER place your plant in direct sunlight, this can cause some nasty burning to the leaves.

WATERING

One of the biggest, commonly seen mistakes we hear of is killing your plant with kindness…that is, over-watering!

  • How much water a plant requires can be specific to the species but generally, most indoor plants require a good watering once or twice a week during summer and once every two weeks in winter.
  • If you see the leaves dropping or developing brown tips, it means you’re either over or under watering your plant.
  • A nifty way to check if your plant is thirsty is to pop your finger down into the soli; if the soil is dry then it needs a watering. If the soil is still wet, leave it a few more days and then check again.
  • Get into the habit of checking on the soil of your plants every 3-4 days, that way you’ll be able to monitor how much watering they require before it’s too late and you end up with a sad plant.
  • As a general rule of thumb, plants that require more watering should receive 1-2 cups. Those who need less watering will survive on a ½ cup.

THE PLANT WHISPERER

If you’ve followed our tips and are still struggling to care for your planted deliver, just drop us a line at hello@thenameisplanted.com.au and we’ll do our best to help you out. Include some photographs of your plant so we can get a better idea of what could be going on.