Plant Care

Tips and tricks to keep your succulent plants happy and healthy

succulent care & maintenance

It’s easy to see why succulents are loved and grown world wide – their low maintenance, easy to grow nature combined with the vast range of colours, shapes and sizes they come in make them a perfect plant for todays lifestyle. The following guide provides some tips and tricks to ensure that your succulent arrangement will be happy and healthy for years to come.

DO:

  •  Water only when the soil is dry then give the pot a thorough soaking ensuring all the soil is wet all the way through.
  • Position your succulent so that it receives between 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day. During the summer months protection from hot afternoon sun is recommended.
  • If you bring your succulent indoors the best time of year is during winter but ensure that you place it in bright indirect for the whole day and water sparingly.
  • When re-potting use a cacti succulent mix to ensure good drainage and use un-glazed, porous pots where possible, like terracotta or concrete, as this will help to avoid excessive moisture remaining in the soil.
plant care

DON’T:

  • Don’t allow your succulent pot to sit in a pool of water. Always ensure the water drains completely from the base after watering.
  •  Water directly into the soil, avoiding wetting the leaves as much as possible.  Don’t be tempted to mist the leaves.
  • When watering your succulent take the time to soak the soil thoroughly not a quick, shallow ‘splash’ of water.
  • Don’t over-fertilise your succulents as they don’t require as much as other plants.  Only use half the strength of the fertiliser, one or twice a year during their growing season.
  • Don’t allow your succulents to be exposed to the hot afternoon sun during summer.

Indoor Plant care & maintenance

Whether at home or in an office environment indoor plants are not only decorative but studies have also shown them to have positive psychological effects and help with indoor air purification. The following guide provides some care and maintenance tips and tricks to ensure that your indoor plant will be happy and healthy for years to come.

DO:

  •  Water only when the soil is dry (every 2-3 weeks) then give the pot a thorough soaking ensuring the soil is wet all the way through. This succulent variety prefers to be kept pretty dry as it is prone to rot.
  • Indoors – Position your Haworthia so that it receives bright indirect light but it can also tolerate lower light levels. If kept outdoors, place it in a semi-shaded position and during the summer months protect it from hot afternoon sun.
  • When re-potting use a cacti succulent mix to ensure good drainage as this will help to avoid excessive moisture remaining in the soil.
haworthia fasciata succulent plant in white ceramic pot

DON’T:

  • Don’t allow your Haworthia pot to sit in a pool of water. Always ensure the water drains completely from the base after watering.
  •  Water directly into the soil, avoiding wetting the leaves as much as possible.  Don’t be tempted to mist the leaves.
  • When watering your Haworthia take the time to soak the soil thoroughly not a quick, shallow ‘splash’ of water.
  • Don’t over-fertilise your Haworthia as it doesen’t require as much as other plants.  Only use half the strength of the fertiliser, one or twice a year during its growing season.

DO:

  • Do not over-water, this plant prefers to be kept on the drier side. Take the plant in the growers pot out and preferably water from below, allowing the water to drain completely before placing it back into the ceramic cover pot. The roots don’t like to be left wet.
  • Position your Peperomia angulata so that it receives bright indirect light but it can also tolerate lower light levels. 
  • Generally you should re-pot your peperomia after it doubles in size or once a year – which ever comes first. Choose a  soil that contain a good amount of organic matter together with pearlite or vermiculite to assist with drainage.
Peperomia angulata rocca verde care guide

DON’T:

  • Don’t allow your Peperomia pot to sit in a pool of water. Always ensure the water drains completely from the base after watering.
  •  Water directly into the soil, avoiding wetting the leaves as much as possible.
  • When watering your Peperomia take the time to soak the soil thoroughly not a quick, shallow ‘splash’ of water.
  • You should never expose this plant to direct sun rays as it can burn the leaves. 
  • Don’t over-fertilise your Peperomia We recommend using it at half the strength during it’s growing season to avoid possible fertiliser burn on the leaves.

DO:

  • The Birkin prefers the soil to partly dry out between watering. The best way to test this is when the top 2-3 inches of spoil become dry to the touch. The roots don’t like to be left wet.
  • This species will thrive in a moderate to brightly lit spot and as a rule, no further than 1 metre from a window. Another tip is to rotate your Birkin 180 degrees every month or so as it will naturally grow towards the light/window and therefore lean towards one side. This will help to promote more upright growth.
  • Before re-potting check to see if there are any roots starting to come out of the bottom holes of the growers pot or if the plant hasn’t grown/produced new leaves in 2 seasons. The most important thing to remember is to not re-pot your plant into a pot any larger than 5cm than the current pot and always use a good quality indoor plant potting mix.
Philodendron Birkin Care Guide

DON’T:

  • Don’t allow your Philodendron Birkin pot to sit in a pool of water. Always ensure the water drains completely from the base after watering and before placing back into the cover pot.
  •  When watering your Peperomia take the time to soak the soil thoroughly not a quick, shallow ‘splash’ of water. Watering from below is recommended.
  • You should never expose this plant to direct sun rays as it can burn the leaves. 
  • A monthly dose of a liquid or granular houseplant fertiliser during spring and summer will be sufficient. We recommend using it at half the strength to avoid possible fertiliser burn on the leaves.
  • Keep out of reach: this species is considered slightly toxic when ingested by humans, dogs and cats