Soils and Repotting 🌱
Houseplants can grow successfully in a variety of soil mixtures. However, they are much easier to care for if the soil has high levels peat moss. Peat moss helps the soil retain water and fertilizer better and great aeration if the peat moss is been mixed with perlite. There are a lot of off the shelf prepackaged soil mixtures with these ingredients but we always try and do our own blending. The recommended mixture blend is 1 part perlite and 2 parts peat moss. Repotting is essential for new root growth and a healthy plant. If the plant roots have started peaking through the drainage holes on the bottom of your pot, it's probably time to repot.
The best way to tell if your plant needs water is to pick it up. Testing its weight is a great way but requires you to really knowing your plant. For beginners or if it's a new plant you are getting used to, you can use your finger to feel how dry your plant is. Sticking your finger down a few inches into the soil will give you a sense of whether it is thirsty. Most plants prefer being slightly dry than being soaking wet. When the time comes to water your plant, take it slow and pour water onto the soil until you see water seeping out of the drainage holes. If your pot doesn't have drainage holes, the best practice is to put a couple layers of lava rock on the bottom to keep your plants roots from sitting in excess water.💧
It might surprise you but a lot of house plants don't like full sun. In fact, most of them will die if they receive too much direct light. Most houseplants prefer indirect sunlight and they like to be rotated every few months to help encouage even growth. It's always best to consult the specific care guide for your plant.
A great app for this is Planta: https://getplanta.com/
There are two ways to deliver food to your plant friends. You can deliver it through a granule that dissolves over time or you can water your plant with a water-soluble fertilizer. Granules should be given every few months, and water soluble fertilizers should be given every couple weeks. Again, best to consult with the plants care guide provided with each order.
Temperature and Air Flow
Plants prefer warm environments that have good air circulation. Most all house plants need a minimum room temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. In colder climates its key to keep plants aware from areas where there are cold drafts like the front door.
Here are the top
5️⃣ most common plant problems and how to interpret them:
1. Brown leaf tips = Inconsistent watering, low humidity
2. Yellowing leaves = Over watering, poor lighting conditions
3. Pale leaves = Too much sunlight
4. Wilting = Too much or too little water, root rot
5. Spotty leaves = Indicative of bacterial, fungal, or viral disease