Being a new plant parent raises a lot of questions. Here is a quick and easy guide to answer the most common questions you have and will help you into your being a plant parent journey.
Why are my leaves drooping?
- Droopy leaves are often caused by underwatering. Feel the soil of your plant, when the surface is dry to the touch your plant is ready for a drink. If the soil is moist and the leaves are drooping, then the issue may be too much water, not enough light, or cold temperatures.
My plant is developing brown tips on the leaves, what’s going on?
- Browning tips can be caused by uneven watering. Make sure that your plant gets watered regularly. It is best that your plant does not sit in too much water. Additionally, the soil should not remain dry for extended periods. Adjust the watering, and trim away the brown tips with a clean pair of sheers, following the shape of the leaf.
How do I keep my plants growth even and full?
- Rotate your plant regularly as it will grow toward the light source and this will prevent it from becoming bare on one side. Fertilizer will help promote new growth so ensure the plant is properly fed. Pruning your plant regularly can also prevent it from acquiring a top heavy shape. Be sure to wear gloves or wash your hands directly after pruning. Do not let the sap get in contact with your eyes or mouth.
How often should I fertilize my plant?
- In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. .
How often does my plant need to be repotted?
- For smaller desktop plants, we suggest repotting once every 12-18 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 1”- 2” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plant's roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Spring or summer is the ideal time to repot as the plant is at its strongest.
- For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plant's roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage.