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Plant Care Instructions

tips and tricks to better care for your precious plants

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Airplants

Water Me Weekly!   Soak me in luke warm water for 15 – 45 minutes.  Allow me to dry out completely before returning to my home.  In dryer settings like the winter when heat is on, water more often.  Also if my home has a high humidity like a bathroom, less watering may be needed.

Lighting:  Indirect light is preferred, artificial lighting is my friend!

Temperature: between 60-85 degrees.

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General Orchid Care

Water me when media feels dry!  Never let me sit in water so be sure to dump access water from containers without a drainage hole.

Lighting:  Indirect light is preferred.

Temperature: between 60-85 degrees.

Most plants benefit from high humidity!  see tabs below for tips on humidity

 My bloom is gone, now what?

After initial bloom is dead, cut bloom stem off at the base of the plant.  Fertilize every two weeks using Orchid™ Myst

Help me re-bloom!

Move to a location that allows for night temperatures of 55 to 65 degrees.  They change in day and night temperatures will help initiate blooming.  Once buds appear I can be moved back to my regular location and treated like I was the first time I bloomed!

Tips on humidity

Provide proper humidity to your plants

1:            House plants in rooms with a high use of water, bathrooms and kitchens!

2:            Create a humidity tray; this can also be decorative giving a great look to your plant display

  • Fill a shallow tray with small stones or pebbles, choose a complementary color to your décor, or natural stones
  • Keep water in the tray being sure water does not go above the level of the stones
  • Set your plants on the tray, keeping in mind the water should not be touching the container

 

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Succulents

Water me sparingly!  Once every two weeks lightly moisten my soil, let me dry out between watering.

Lighting:  Bright light for most of the day, loves sunlight. (not getting enough it if starts to “stretch”)

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Cacti

Water me sparingly!  Once a month lightly moisten my soil, let me dry out between watering.

Lighting:  Direct, bright light is preferred!

Winter Tip:  Move me away from cold windowsills or I may get too chilly!

 

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Bromeliads

Water Me Weekly!   Water so the top to inches of soil are moist.  Also keep my tank full, of water (“bowl” in the center of the plants, that naturally collects water in nature).  Empty and refill my tank once a month for best results.

Lighting:  Indirect light is preferred!

Temperature: between 60-85 degrees.

I enjoy high humidity!   

More tips on Humidity

Provide proper humidity to your plants

1:            House plants in rooms with a high use of water, bathrooms and kitchens!

2:            Create a humidity tray; this can also be decorative giving a great look to your plant display

  • Fill a shallow tray with small stones or pebbles, choose a complementary color to your décor, or natural stones
  • Keep water in the tray being sure water does not go above the level of the stones
  • Set your plants on the tray, keeping in mind the water should not be touching the container

 

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Bonsai Trees

Water me when media feels dry!  Never let me sit in water so be sure to dump access water from containers without a drainage hole.

Lighting:  Morning sun and afternoon shade is preferred by most species.

Temperature: between 60-85 degrees.

Most species benefit from high humidity!  Learn how to increase humidity at home… (Add a link, create another page)

Seasonal changes affect me!  See tips below for what I need throughout the year!

                Spring is the time regrowth begins. 

  • Continue to water as directed above, understanding that frequency of watering will increase.

Summer is the time most growth will occur. 

  • Continue to water as directed above, understanding that frequency of watering will increase. Fertilizer is very important as the plant preps to store energy for the winter months.

Fall is the time growth begins to slow. 

  • Continue to water as directed above, understanding that frequency of watering will decrease.
  • The best time for trimming and repotting is now!

Winter is a time for dormancy.

  • Continue to water as directed above, understanding that during dormancy plants will need less frequent watering.
  • Avoid trimming plants

 The art of bonsai includes pruning!  Learning the art takes lots of practice, and research on styles.  General pruning tips are included here…

  • Use a small pruning tool
  • Each point of pruning will stimulate new growth
  • Use brass wire to shape and support any branches as needed

Reblooming tips

 

How to get your pretty bloom to reappear

Amaryllis

My bloom is gone, now what?

Care for me as normal, the longer my foliage stays healthy, the better blooms I will have the next time around!  Once my leaves wither and brown, cut off the foliage and let me dry out to allow me to rest.

Help me re-bloom!

Once the foliage is removed, allow my media to dry completely.  Move me to a dry, cool (between 40 and 50 degrees) and dark location for about 8 weeks.  Once complete move me to a high light area (direct is fine), water, but limit watering until my foliage reaches about 2 inches.  Now treat me like before my bloom.

Christmas Cactus

My bloom is gone, now what?

I need rest! Stop watering for about 1 month, when new growth appears, resume care as usual.

Help me re-bloom!

October is approaching I will need 6 to 8 weeks of dormancy and these three things…

Limited watering (do not keep moist)

Provide 12-14 hours of darkness

Provide temperatures averaging 50-55 degrees

 

Orchid

My bloom is gone, now what?

After initial bloom is dead, cut bloom stem off at the base of the plant.  Fertilize every two weeks using Orchid™ Myst

Help me re-bloom!

Move to a location that allows for night temperatures of 55 to 65 degrees.  They change in day and night temperatures will help initiate blooming.  Once buds appear I can be moved back to my regular location and treated like I was the first time I bloomed!

See Orchid care instructions above for care from this point on.