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Caring for your Potted Plant


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Our gorgeous potted plants are the gift that keeps on giving. While floral arrangements are often more colourful, a potted plant will have a lifespan wel beyond those of cut flowers, even though some cut flowers can last well. To make the most of your potted plant, and to keep it looking it's best for years to come, read how your plant responds best.

Growing Tips on how to care for your House Plants

 

Chrysanthemum Plants

Tips for growing Chrysanthemum Pots
  • While chrysanthemum plants can tolerate direct sun, they prefer cooler temperates so be wary of heat during summer months.
  • Keep soil moist, but not wet. Water frequently in summer. Keep water away from the leaves to prevent fungal infections.
  • Remove dead flowers to encourage reblooming and keep the plant in optimal health. Mums need a temperature of 15°-12° C to set and bloom new flowers, so 'wintering' the plant in the right conditions is required to get new blooms.
  • Ensure good air flow and avoid high humidity areas.

Orchids

How to care for your Orchid Plant

Moth Orchid Plants (Phalaenopsis Orchids) are pretty plants, with their stems of delicate blooms and wide glossy leaves, a moth orchid is a statement piece in the home.

  • To keep them at their best, keep them warm and in good (but not direct) light.
  • Water regularly - twice a week in summer, every 7-10 days in winter.
  • Be sure to not let them sit 'in' water, but it's a good idea to sit the whole plant on a tray of pebbles with water so increase the humidity around the plant.
  • Re-pot every few of years with a suitable potting mix (high in bark content).
  • Occasionally wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
  • When the flowers are finished, cut the spike back two nodes from the base.

Kalanchoe Plants

Growing Tips for Kalanchoes inside

Gorgeous plants, with their brighter flowers and hardy nature, Kalanchoes are a great option for those who'd prefer a low maintenance plant option. A little water deprivation won't hurt these plants - although they aren't a cactus so don't leave them too long without water.

  • Keep them in a bright spot - direct sunlight is fine.
  • Water infrequently - wait until the first few centimetres of soil have dried out.
  • Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can lead to blemishes and rot. Bottom watering can help but don't let them sit in water for extended periods of time.
  • Snip dead flowers carefully to encourage them to bloom again. And remember, they are a perenial succulent so will bloom again after the initial flowers have died back.

Anthurium Plants

How to care for your Anthurium Plant
  •  Anthurium's love plenty of bright indoor light, but dislike direct sunlight.
  • They need a warm (not hot) room under 20° C, away from drafts but they enjoy high humidity making bathrooms ideal.
  • Water frequently but sparingly when the top inch of the soil is dry - be careful to avoid overwatering.
  • Sit the whole plant on a tray of pebbles with water so increase the humidity around the plant, or group with other plants to increase humidity.
  • Re-pot every few years with well draining soil - combine a cactus blent with regular potting mix, or use orchid mix.
 

Peace Lily Pot Plants

Looking after your Peace Lily Plant
  • Peace Lilies enjoy a more tropical environment so a warm, indirect sunlit area with minimal drafts is preferred. Keep away from doorways and fireplaces.
  • Water regularly, ensuring that the top inch dries out before watering, but make sure they never dry out completely - they'll wilt before that happens to let you know they need water.
  • Re-pot every few years but be careful to only re-pot to a third larger than the current pot.
  • A peace lily plant will do well with a regular fertiliser once  a month.

Cyclamen Plants

Taking care of your winter flowering Cyclamen Plant
  • Cyclamen Plants like a cooler, bright spot out of direct sunlight. 
  • Keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Ideally the top of the soil will be allowed to dry between waters. Bottom watering is best in order to keep water away from the leaves which may promote rot & fungus.
  • To ensure it flowers again, the cyclamen will need to go 'dormant'. Deadhead old flowers and reduce watering over the summer.
  • Cyclamens don't require too much feeding - to do so will encourage leaf growth rather than flowers.

Poinsettia Plants (Red Christmas Plant)

How to grow Poinsettias
  • Your poinsettia plant will enjoy bright, indirect light, with a draught-free spot and a temperature of around 13-15°C.
  • Water sparingly when the surface of the soil has begun to dry out.
  • Mist regularly to increase humidity and keep the colours looking their best for as long as possible. Consider grouping with other humidity loving plants, or sit on a saucer of pebbles with water.
  • After Christmas feed monthly with a high potash feed, such as tomato fertiliser.

Gerbera Daisies

Getting the best from your Gerbera Pot Plant
  • Gerbera's like bright light but lower temperatures (under 21° C) so the right spot is essential. Too hot, and the leaves may scorch - too dark and the flowers won't bloom.
  • Water deeply when the soil has been allowed to dry out. Do not allow Gerberas to sit in water and become waterlogged however.
  • Water infrequently over winter but don't allow the soil to dry out completely.
  • Keep the leaves dry when watering
  • Pinch off dead blooms when they wilt to encourage new flowers.

Boston Fern

Finding the right shade spot for your ferns
  • Ferns are happiest in a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. Keep away from direct sunlight.
  • Boston ferns like damp soil - Keep the soil moist but not wet.
  • Remove spent fern fronds and fertilise regularly to encourage new growth.
  • Turn your plant at each watering so it doesn't grow 'lopsided', especially if it's located in a corner spot.
 

Bulbs (Iris, Tulips, Lilies and more)

If you're given a flowering bulb, you can 'winter' your bulbs and enjoy your flowers again next year. A lot of indoor plant bulbs actually prefer being moved outdoors once they've flowered once indoors. Each bulb type has it's own preferences, and while growing bulbs is not difficult, you should research the steps involved with storing, wintering, potting and flowering as there is more involved than we have room for here.


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