Plant care essentially boils down to: placing your plant in the right spot, watering it and repotting it when necessary. If you do this right, your plant will live a long and healthy life. A healthy, well cared for plant grows fast, loses very few leaves and will maintain its beautiful colour(s). On this page, you’ll find all kinds of useful information, tips & tricks regarding plant care.
Picking the right spot: light vs. shade
The amount of light a plant requires can differ very much per type of plant. Some will flourish in bright sunlight, whereas others prefer a darker spot. To be able to enjoy your plants for as long as possible, make sure to check the ideal spot for your next plant. What’s good to know is that plants with variegated leaves will generally require more light than green plants. Also, most plants shouldn’t be placed in direct sunlight as it’s harmful to their leaves. There are a few exceptions. Some plants can be placed in a sunny spot when you gradually move them closer to the window, as this allows them to get used to it. Cacti and succulents can always be placed in direct sunlight. Most plants, however, will prefer a light spot that’s clear of direct sunlight.
How much water your plant requires differs per type of plant as well. However, there are a couple of rules of thumb that are applicable to practically all plants. Plants will need additional watering when: indoor humidity is low (when the heater / air conditioning is turned on); the plant is flowering; the plant is placed in a lighter spot; the temperatures are rising (during spring/summer). During winter nearly all plants will require much less water, as they go though a period of dormancy. They will grow much slower and, as a result, require less nutrition.
Whichever the season or circumstances: always make sure never to overwater your plants. Excess water that can’t be drained will form a layer of water at the bottom of the pot, which can cause the roots to rot. We therefore always recommend placing a layer of hydro granules at the bottom of the pot. It’ll prevent root rot if you overwater your plants. Looking for specific watering instructions for plants in our product range? You’ll find all information on the product page.
Repotting indoor plants
Every indoor plant will need to be repotted at some point. A plant that has outgrown its pot will not only be unstable but also at risk of suffocation, as the roots require air and space to function. Repotting your plants isn’t only essential for the plant’s survival, but it’ll also help it grow faster and will make it easier to care for. A repotted plant will grow faster as fresh soil will provide it with new nutrients. And since the plant will have an increased water buffer in a larger pot, you won’t have to water it as often as before. It’ll also help to prevent overwatering.
The best time to repot your plant is during the growth period: spring. As plants will grow relatively fast during this season, their roots will also recover more quickly after you’ve repotted it. Still, it’s best to be as careful as possible when repotting your plant to keep any root damage to a minimum. Repot the plant in a pot that’s about 20% larger in with and height as compared to the current pot. It’ll allow the roots sufficient space to grow.
Creating an ideal humidity level
The ideal humidity level for most indoor plants lies between 40% and 60%. This is much higher than the average humidity level in most homes, which can be as low as 20% to 30%. When the humidity level is too low, it can cause your indoor plants to dry out and their leaves to deform or turn brown. Is your plant showing any of these symptoms? You can increase the humidity by regularly misting the plant or by placing an electronic humidifier in the room. The latter option is not only healthy for the plant, but beneficial for you as well. A humidity level of 40%-60% ideal for plants and humans alike.
TLC (Tender Loving Care)
In addition to light, water and fresh potting soil, your plants will require a bit of TLC every once in a while. Make sure to remove yellow leaves and dried leaves or flowers. This will prevent the plant from losing energy to these non-living parts and it’ll give it a fresh, healthy look. We also recommend taking a moment to misting your green plants. Not only does this improve the humidity level, but ot will also reduce the chance of your plants getting infected. On top of that, regular misting prevents dust formation on the leaves.
Let’s not forget about plant food! If you provide your plant with regular nutrition during spring and summer, it will create more leaves and/or flowers. Make sure to follow the instructions on the plant food bottle: never give more plant food than is indicated here. When plants receive more nutrition than they can take in, it’ll cost them energy to break the excess plant food down.