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Instruction Care - Potted Plants / Succulents

Potted Plants/Succulents

Get the light right

Place your plant in a bright but shaded room or area. Avoid direct sunlight and extreme heat as it may make your plant wilt. If you're placing your plant beside a window, turn your pot around to ensure even light coverage to all areas of the plant.

Avoid overwatering

The best way to tell if your houseplant needs watering is to monitor the soil. Poke your finger into the soil to the first knuckle joint to see if it feels dry. Another way is to gently lift the houseplant. Wet soil will make it heavier to lift than dry soil. You could also buy a moisture meter if you prefer. Any sign that the plant isn't healthy is often an indicator that it is getting too much or too little water.

Pro tips: Use rainwater when possible!

Get them some fresh air

Open windows near your house plants so they can breathe in fresh air. Plants consume carbon dioxide from the air in order to grow, and release oxygen as a return favor to you.

Prune gently

Remove any dead or dying leaves or branches to allow fresh new growth to arrive in its place.

Dust your houseplants

This one might have you scratching your head, but houseplants often need light dust! When the leaves have a layer of dust on them, this stops them getting as much air and sunlight as they need. Dust gently using a damp cloth or paintbrush, depending on the size of your plant.

Be pet safe

If you have pets, be aware some houseplants are toxic to them. For instance, golden pothos are toxic to cats and dogs. You should be able to find out this information with a quick bit of online research.

Get to know your individual houseplants

These general tips will help with houseplant care. However, some plants have their unique needs. For example, succulents need very little water. A little bit of online research will help you get to know your plant better.