You will receive care sheets that are specific to the plants you order, we have also added all our care sheets here as a reference and so you can read them while waiting for your plants to arrive, please make sure you ask us if you have any questions or issues with your plants or their care.
This information is in no particular order, please have a look through to see if your particular plant has a care sheet, otherwise please read the "newbie care info"
Care Information for Alocasias and Colocasias
Alocasia Morocco, Green Velvet, Black Velvet, Ebony, Polly Amazonica, Ivory Coast
As a baby keep this plant in bright light but not full sun, and a sheltered position with no wind. Let it dry out between watering in winter and keep moist in summer. Use Natrasoap as a pesticide, every 6-8 weeks for prevention.
Alocasia Macrorizza, Wentii and Xanthosoma (Alocasia lime zinger)
As a baby keep in a sheltered position with humidity, bright light and filtered sun, or early morning sun. Keep moist even in winter. Can be kept indoors when small and used as an outdoor feature when older, as long as it is sheltered from strong wind. Use Maverick as a pesticide, this is necessary more in summer and once a month as a preventative treatment.
Use Natrasoap® for spider mites
Can be kept as a baby on a windowsill in full sun, These plants thrive in full sun and black Colocasia needs full sun to go black. It may die down in winter if it does not get enough sun but will come back in summer. Always keep moist loves sun and water. Use Maverick as a pesticide and mix it with spreadmax, as a preventative treatment in summer every 2-4 weeks or as required.
Caladium Plant Care
Keep plants in a sheltered position away from strong winds, caladiums can take partial sun.
Use a really well drained potting mix to ensure that the bulbs don’t rot.
Use our generic feeding instructions of liquid fish and seaweed every 6-8 weeks and Osmocote® every 6 months.
Caladiums like a well-drained soil but keep them moist in summer.
Caladiums do not suffer from many pests, look out for caterpillars in summer and spray with a pyrethrin based spray only when you see them, you don’t need to use this as a preventative
Dormancy and Wintering
Keep plants dry in winter, tip pot onto its side so water does not collect in it from the rain, or put the plant under cover.
Do not cut the dying leaves as the plant bulb draws back the nutrients from it.
Bulbs can be taken out of the soil and stored in a cool dry place until summer.
End of August or Early September (Queensland Weather)
Pot up and start watering again.
Every 2 years you should be able to split up the bulbs and you will have new plants.
We also have a video on our YouTube channel about caladium dormancy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEKGVDm2Tl4
Guynura Purple Velvet Care Sheet
Lighting - Bright light, early morning sun
Watering – Keep moist, don’t let it dry out completely between watering however it still requires a well drained mix, this is a thirsty plant, water every second or third day in summer and every week in winter.
These plants are prone to pests indoors so spray with neem oil or eco-oil if you see pests (not as a preventative)
Lighting – keep it in the shade with only very early morning sun
Watering – water every day in summer and every 4-7 days in winter
Bring this plant in during cold winters
These plants are prone to caterpillars, use Dipel or Carboral
Newbies Care Sheet
This is basic information for new plant owners, if you have some plant experience, please have a read of this info as well, some aspects may be useful.
We recommend Osmocote® orchid mix for all indoor plants if you are buying a readymade mix. We believe the “Osmocote indoor” is too heavy to use as a generic mix by newbies, however you may add 1/3 perlite to lighten it up and improve the drainage.
All Plants require drainage, you will read information about keeping plants in water, we do not recommend keeping plants in water for any long period of time. Choose pots with drain holes and if you use cover pots with no holes, always use a pot with drainage holes inside them. Make sure there is something like gravel at the bottom that will keep the water away from base of the pot and ultimately the roots.
We recommend watering at ground level (either by watering next to the plant, or by dunking the pot in a bucket of water), we do not recommend moisture meters as each area in the pot may have a different moisture level, for example, if your plant has a plug around its roots, you may not get adequate water to it by watering at the sides of the plant, as the plug is more dense, so measuring the water moisture at the side will not give you a clear indication of how moist the plant roots are. We recommend watering very well so that the water “runs” through the pot, as opposed to dripping a small amount of water into the pot every day.
The biggest cause of indoor plant death is over watering, during winter most indoor plants can be watered every 10-14 days except for succulents which can go for about 30 days, during summer, you can work around every 7 days but watch for droopiness, this will depend on the heat and light available to your plant, and the type of plant, please refer to any care sheets provided.
We do not recommend misting plants, alternately we recommend placing water dishes close to plants or grouping plants together to create humidity, humidifiers are also a good idea.
All plants require light, you will notice your plants “lean” towards a light source if the light is not adequate, please keep an eye on them and move them if necessary, most plants can take a little filtered morning sun, even if you can move them into this every now and then this is great.
Most plants will get more pests inside because when they are outside there are other pests to control them, but inside some pests have no predators and they flourish. We recommend Nature’s Way Natrasoap® every 6-8 weeks (as a preventative treatment for pests) on most indoor plants except for ferns and succulents to, please see our Facebook albums for more information on plant care or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will read many things on Facebook about plugs being called “death plugs” you will never hear this information from anyone who is a horticulturalist, as it is just a myth, plugs are specially created from various fibres (and lots of research goes into this) to protect baby plants and assist them with growth, removal of these at home and by the consumer is not recommended, growing baby plants is a highly sophisticated business with millions of plants being produced in this way every year, please ignore any Facebook banter on this issue. Plug density is chosen for each particular plant depending on its water requirements, for example if a plant needs lots of water, then the plug will be more dense so that it can hold more water around the plant
Ultimately you must keep an eye on your plants and address any issues as soon as you notice them. Remember a plant’s root system is the most important part and it is normal for leaves to die off and new leaves to form so please don’t panic if this happensHappy Growing
Keep in a mix that is well drained and use the Oscmocote® granules (or similar) every 6 months , they can take about 4 hours of morning sun and if it is cold where you are you will need to keep them inside in winter so near a window inside . do not keep the soil wet just give them a good watering to soak the mix and let it dry out between watering. you can occasionally use liquid fish and seaweed fertilizer. Tradescantias don’t generally get pests so pesticide is not normally required, but you can mix eco-oil in with liquid fish and seaweed fertilizer when you use that keep an eye out for chewing insects in summer and use something like maverick if they appear.
Making green tradescantias more pink – they need to be stressed in order to go pink so any of the following will make the pink (or purple) be more pronounced – being pot bound, lacking in water, lacking in fertilizer and having low light
Making white tradescantias more pink – they need to be looked after in order to be more pink so good light (and some early morning sun), fertilize regularly and water as required for the time of year, for example don’t let them get too dry between drinks.
Pisonia Tree Variegated
Beautifully variegated indoor easy to grow tree. This tree is also known as the bird catcher tree and for this reason comes with the following warning on purchase.
Pisonia is harmful to wild birds as they can eat the seeds and nectar produced by the plant and they can get caught in the plant and die, this particular plants has been used in the past to control bird populations in agricultural areas.
There is no reason why this plant cannot be enjoyed responsibly in your home with the following in mind;
- Never plant this tree outside
- Dispose of all offcuts by steeping in boiling water and/or vinegar so they may die and not sprout in the environment
Water generously in summer, water less in winter, allow it to be semi-dry before watering
Medium light and temperature requirements. Fertilize as per usual.
Mini Monstera Care Sheet
A relatively new plant and often miscategorised the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Also known as Mini Monstera or various philodendron names like Ginny or epipremum
Bright filtered light or dappled sun
A generous size pot and a climbing structure
Fertilize well in summer, fertilize in autumn and leave it alone in winter
This plant likes water, especially in the summer, cut back the watering a bit in winter
Temperature and Humidity
This plant originated in Thailand so it likes warmth and Humidity
Light and aerated, the same as for monsteras or philodendrons, wet soil should fall apart when you squeeze it in your hand, if it clumps it is too bulky
Always keep in a generous pot, don’t allow it to become pot bound
Use Natures Way Natrasoap as a preventative treatment for pests every 6-8 weeks
Overwatering and root rot, make sure soil is not too rich and dense
Mini care sheet
This plant is different from other indoor plants and their instructions
It likes to be kept moist, you will easily see wilting if it is not kept moist enough, please watch your plant, we estimate it needs water every 1 or 2 days in summer but that will depend on your climate
Please feed your iresine regularly
Your iresine likes plenty of light please keep it about 1-2 meters from a window and it can take some morning sun
Mini care sheet
- Please follow the instructions on our “Newbies” carer sheet with the following variations
- Filtered good light and no direct sun at all
- Humidity through water dishes or humidifiers, no direct spraying and no air-con, so keep the plant warm
- Keep your soil moist but not wet and don’t let it dry out, we recommend an open mix but if you have a premium then watering can be anywhere from 1-4 days
- Use liquid fertilizer according to the product’s instructions