The Important Layers in a Terrarium & Their Functions
A guide to all of the layers needed to create a happy and heathy terrarium.
Best Indoor Air-Purifying Plants To Make Your Home Healthy. Check them Out
There are many benefits of having houseplants in your indoor space-they add texture, colour and green life to your home or office. Did you know that they also can help to detoxify the air around you? Find out more.
Why do Monsteras have holes in their foliage?
Monsteras produce large leaves as they vine up trees towards the light. When they do this, the larger leaves eclipse the lower leaves of the plant, leaving them completely in the dark. This lowers the amount of light that can be absorbed by the plant as fewer leaves are getting light.
Repotting Your Plant Into A Decorative Pot
Some plant people prefer to keep their plants potted in interior plastic grow pots and place them inside the decorative pot. Some prefer to plant directly into the decorative pot. If you're going to plant directly into your decorative pot, make sure that there is a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. It can be tempting to pot it into a planter right away. You will be more successful if you let your new plant get used to its new environment first. Place the plant in the spot where you are planning on keeping it. Try to let it adjust for at least a week. 1. Remove plant from nursery potThe best way to do this is to turn your plant sideways and tap the bottom of the grow pot until the plant slides out. Remember to gently hold the foliage or stems. Don't be tempted to pull it straight out at the stem as this can cause serious damage to the roots of your plant. 2. Tickle the roots Tickle the plant’s roots gently with your hands to loosen them. Some plants can be very root bound when they come out of their nursery pots. This is common the the plant has been in the same nursery pot for a long time. If your plant is root bound, the roots will be growing in very tight circles around the base of the plant. Carefully untangle the roots as best you can and give them a trim. 3. Remove old potting mixRemove about one third or more of the potting mix surrounding the plant. Check the potting mix for insects or pests. A lot of the nutrients in the current potting mix may be diminished as the plant has absorbed them. 4. Add new potting mix and plantPour fresh potting mix into the new planter and gently pack it down, this will help to remove any air pockets. Put your plant on top of the fresh potting mix and centre it. Place potting mix around the plant until it feels secure. Gently tap the side of the pot to help the potting mix settle and top up as required. Never fill the potting mix right up to the to the of pot. Try to leave at least 1cm as you need space in the pot for water and feed. 5. Water and enjoy Give the plant a good watering and let it settle. Keep an eye on the potting mix level over the next few days as it might settle more and need a small top up. Enjoy your plant!
Common Signs That You're Overwatering Your Houseplants
How easy is it to overwater your houseplants? It’s very easy to want to give your plant babies too much love and attention, you want them to look their very best! But overwatering is the most common way to kill your houseplant. When is comes to watering houseplants, remember the golden rule - less is more. If you recognise any of the symptoms below please step away from the watering can. How To Know If I'm Overwatering My Houseplants.Overwatering is quite easy to diagnose, and many symptoms of overwatering are unique to it. When diagnosing a sad plant sign, it’s important to look at the plant as a whole, and not just the plant part that's negatively affected. We think of overwatering as just adding too much water to a plant's potting mix — but what’s really happening is that the surrounding soil is not drying out fast enough. It may very well be from too much water, but it may also be from not enough natural sunlight. If you water a plant with the appropriate amount of water, but it doesn’t get enough sunlight, then the potting mix will stay moist, and the plant will be effectively overwatered. A good strategy for combating that is watering in the morning hours. This allows the natural light to slowly dry the soil out throughout the day. Wet Potting MixThe first thing you should do is to feel the plant's potting mix, get your fingers in there! Feel the mix a few inches deep. If it feels moist or wet, it is most likely overwatered. Fungus GnatsFungus gnats are also a sign of overwatering. They feed on the fungi that show up in moist environments and rapidly grow in numbers when the soil stays too wet for too long. We will be putting up a post soon about the dreaded fungus gnat. Yellowing Leaves and RotIf the lower leaves of your overwatered plant are starting to turn yellow, this is also a sign. Watch carefully for a black stem or rot. If this is at the base of your plant, it may be too late to save. How do I Prevent Overwatering?Rule of thumb is to only give the plant water when the potting mix is dry. It also needs enough light and warmth to help dry it out. Never plant your houseplant into too large of a container as it will also take a lot longer to dry out. The main thing is not to water on a tight schedule as many plants watering need change every season. For instance you might find that your houseplant takes a lot longer to dry out in winter if in a cold room but plants in a warm room might dry out a lot quicker due to heating in the room. The best method is to feel the soil, this will help you understand it a lot better. Always remember less is more!