PLANTS

Potted Plant Care

{the following watering recommendations based on plants indoors!}

 

•IT’S A MINDSET SHIFT! PLANT CARE ISSUES AREN’T SINGULAR OR SEPERATE FROM OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS. IT WILL MOST ALWAYS BE A COMBINATION OF VARIABLES DETERMINING HEALTH OF A PLANT.

So put on your Sherlock hat & recall how the plant has been cared for [if with you] to help in determining where things went awry if the plant is in poor shape!

One of my favorite learning moments to witness was when a new plant parent said to me, it was going great, they felt like they were finally learning to care for this plant & Boom! it’s gone now & they have no idea what happened!

I asked all the usual questions & they kept saying no, no sudden changes no extreme temperatures…a couple weeks later they pop in & say “I put a Himalayan salt stone in the pot!” If you don’t know, it disintegrated, ended up being absorbed each watering as the stone broke down into the soil. Excessive salt took the plant out!

They remembered & now know they don’t have the nonexistent brown thumb. Sometimes it is just one thing, like mistaking a salt stone for a crystal..but you wouldn’t know that if you just kept assuming you have a brown thumb!

•THERE’S NO HARD & FAST RULES TO PLANT CARE. IF A METHOD WORKS FOR YOU, IT WORKS! WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE DO INSIST ON WEEKLY WATER CHECKS- NOT WATERING DAYS. THAT MEANS CHECK THE SOIL MOISTURE, DON’T WATER BLINDLY!

•FOR THIS, WE USE THE STICK TRICK METHOD COMBINED WITH 3 OTHER STEPS OF OUR WATER CHECK-IN.

  • Look at the soil
  • Touch the soil
  • Lift pot for water weight check [very unreliable if done as only check!]
  • theStickTrick!

theStickTrick!

PUSH A WOODEN DOWEL/SKEWER INTO SOIL ALL THE WAY TO BOTTOM OF POT. OBSERVE THE SIZE OF CHUNKS OF WET SOIL ON STICK. CHECK IN 2-3 SPOTS. IF NO WET SOIL ON STICK, SOIL IS COMPLETELY DRY. THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT FOR A PLANT LIKE A CACTUS OR SUCCULENT.

FOR SOIL THAT SHOULD “DRY 1/2 WAY”, YOU’D HAVE WET SOIL STICKING TO ONLY BOTTOM 1/2 OF STICK FROM TOP OF SOIL LEVEL. LIKEWISE, IF LOOKING FOR “THE TOP 3 INCHES TO DRY OUT” CHECK FOR WET SOIL PARTICLES ON THE STICK ONLY BELOW 3 INCHES. FOR “DRY 3/4 WAY DOWN”, LOOK FOR WET SOIL ON THE STICK ONLY ON THE BOTTOM 1/4.

PRO-TIP! SIZE OF THE SOIL PARTICLES ON THE STICK ARE ALSO AN INDICATOR OF SOIL MOISTURE. CHUNKY, LARGE PIECES OF SOIL MEAN VERY WET, IF STICK IS ALSO DRIPPING WET, SOIL IS POTENTIALLY SOGGY & MAY BENEFIT FROM airflow/warmth/pot material change TO HELP PREVENT ROOT-ROT. MEDIUM-SMALL, FINE SOIL PARTICLES INDICATE AN EVEN MOISTURE LEVEL THROUGHOUT SOIL. THE SMALLEST & FINEST OF PARTICLES ON STICK MEANS NEARLY DRY!

• Factors affecting watering/soil moisture the most!

  • airflow
  • temperature
  • pot material
  • soil mix & soil age

~Keep this in mind when you water exactly as instructed and something goes wrong & check if water is draining away; if no drainage hole, #1 cause of root-rot~

• Extreme changes have severe effects on our indoor plants. Such as temperature change, lighting change & moving environments. Examples; sudden temp. change- leaving the door open in winter with a direct draft on the plant. lighting- moving a plant that can live in full sun into full sun but it’s been surviving in a really low light spot. To do this you would acclimate it by giving short time in full sun & increasing time in sun over a few weeks. moving- if just moving from one room to another, not even moving houses, sometimes is enough sudden change to shock some plants.

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syngonium podophyllum common name; “arrowhead plant”, varieties shown, ‘mango allusion’, ‘white butterfly’, ‘neon robusta’