- Use a clean damp cloth, idealy dedicated only to plant care only
- Wash the cloth frequently while dusting
- Use a clean cloth for each plant to prevent the transfer of pests and diseases
- Small plants can be carefully washed in the sink with cool to lukewarm water
(never hot) and left to drain before being returned to their usual location
Throughout the spring and summer months (April to October) your plants will like to
be fed. Generally the most accessible and convenient form of plant fertiliser comes
as a liquid-soluble, that can be added to your plants water.
Always follow the instructions on the bottle and don’t exceed the recommended concentration. For more specific advice, or if you have followed the steps above and your plant is still not doing well, get in touch with us and we will be happy to guide you in fertiliser selection and application.
People often ask how soon will I need to move my plant into a bigger pot?
As always, it’s difficult to give hard and fast rules.
Generally, the smaller the pot, the sooner you’ll need to size up. Again, succulents
and tropical plants tend to behave differently, succulents will be happy in the same
pot for a lot longer than most other faster-growing and nutrient-hungry tropical
Here are some key signs it's time to size up
- If roots are escaping from the bottom of the pot it’s usually a clear sign that
your plant is pot bound and could do with more room
- You find the soil in the pot has caked together, and rather than absorb
water it simply runs straight through and down the sides. This is another indication
that the current compost is tired and compacted, and should be replenished.
- If your plant is getting top heavy and looks too big for its pot, don’t beat
around the bush, treat it to a bigger one
When stepping-up to the next size, your plant will usually only need a pot with an
additional 4-6 centimetres in diameter.
However, if you’re dealing with a large plant, it makes sense to give it extra room, as
it will expand into its new space more quickly, and it’s likely that you won’t want to
pot on again for a while.
It's worth noting again that the most common maintenance error is
over-watering...and the fastest way to kill your plant.
When plant roots have to deal with excess water they can rot quickly,
and this essentially removes the plants ability to access nutrients and, ironically,
the water it needs.
Therefore, drainage is key. Getting the watering and drainage right for each plant is
essential for long-term success. See our ‘Planter setup’ below for further info.