Look we get it, maybe you’ve had an indoor plant before and it quickly became a shrivelled, crusty, brown looking vine and you’re now too scared to buy another plant. Don’t let the past kill your vibe – we’re giving you all the essential tips for keeping your baby green!
We don’t want to turn this into a biology lesson, BUT… the key to keeping your plant alive is to maintain homeostasis. Homeo-WHAT? Don’t stress, this word just means to keep the plant in a stable state so that it is healthy and can thrive. So! Here are our top tips for maintaining this fancy ‘homeostasis’ or in other words, how not to kill your plant:
- Buy a plant that is compatible with your lifestyle. If you are worried that your plant won’t survive that long weekend you have planned away… look to buy a plant that requires less maintenance and can survive that time. Chinese Money Plant and the Baby Rubber Plant are two examples of low maintenance plants that won’t blame you if you neglect them. The White Princess or Cast Iron Plant also don’t need too much TLC. Just let them do their thing.
- Choose a plant based on the amount of light in your space. Light is a key component for keeping plants in a happy, healthy state. However, each plant is different and you need to consider the amount of light your plant will be getting in its new home (and be realistic). If the foliage looks pale or lanky, your plant probably needs more light. If parts of the leaves look brown and crusty, it could be sun burnt. So instead of popping some SPF 50 on that baby, move it to a shadier spot where it won’t sizzle. Our website details how much light each plant will need – so don’t worry you won’t need doctor Google for this one.
- Do not over water – less is more! Over-watering is the most common mistake with indoor plants. I mean, waterboarding is a torture technique (eep!). Be sure to read the care card that comes with our plants to understand how much water you should be giving your plant and when in doubt, use a Moisture Metre to take out ALL the guesswork.
- Water the soil, not the leaves. When watering your plant, make sure you are mostly watering its lovely soil and roots. If the water only reaches the leaves, your plant will become dehydrated and (science alert!) hydrophobic, meaning the soil will not absorb any more H20 molecules and the roots will be unable to get the good drink it deserves.
- Don’t plant directly into decorative pots. We see lot of people losing their babies to root rot or trying to put holes in decorative pots and destroying them in the process. Decorative pots are just that, decoration! Think of it as a dress or suit for your plants and the plastic nursery pot as the undies. Take them out of their decorative pot to water and let them drain out and then when you’re done pop them back in their pretty home. TADA! No wet feet, no rot and no over watering.
- Fertilize. Don’t let your plant get hangry! Giving your plant some nutrients will help it to thrive and give it the energy to sprout up some new, green, juicy leaves.
- Prune. Cut off any dead or damaged leaves using our Barebones Garden Scissors and keep your plant super fresh and looking lovely, always. Your plant will look and feel it’s best if it’s not shooting energy into something that’s not happy.
- Don’t leave it in a draughty area. We might look amazing with wind in our hair, but indoor plant babies, generally, don’t love it. Be sure to keep it away from a heater and/or air conditioning vents or in a place where it can’t get knocked around too much. No one likes a wobbly plant.