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"
Nursery 2 U Information and Basic Care Sheet
Thank you for purchasing from Nursery 2 U
Your plants have been selected with the utmost care, if there are any issues, please contact us right away so that we can assist you to rectify any problems that may have arisen during transportation. Please be prepared to take photos in this instance as we need them for any follow up action.
We use and recommend Osmocote ® fertilizers and potting mixes, we also sell pots and accessories on our website. In the box, you will find some slow-release fertiliser which you can use if you are potting up with soil that does not contain any, or simply use it in 6 months’ time.
When Unpacking your Order
When unpacking, there is no rush to take plants from their wrappers. If you are at work or if someone else is receiving the box for you at home, simply open the box and stand the plants up as they will be reaching for light. If your order is large, please pot the plants up first and then check off the quantities, this is much less stressful. Please do not throw away the wrapping or box until you have located all the plants.
We provide you with info to keep your plants alive below and some plants require different care, so we provide extra care sheets for those plants. We do not recommend potting various plants together in one pot unless they all have the same care requirements, please check with us if you are unsure. Some plants may require a ladder or a stake when they come out of the box if they are particularly large, we will often put a note on those, or you can simply provide one if you think it is necessary.
Sorry about all the reading but it helps the plants in the long run. Enjoy your order and happy growing
If AND ONLY IF your plants arrive wilted, please give them a soak in water (the whole plant), with half strength liquid fish and seaweed fertiliser (if you have it) do this for up to one hour NOT OVERNIGHT because you may rot the plant, if your plants are severely wilted, please contact us immediately.
It is especially important to water the soil very well when you pot up your plants, this means that the water drains right through, if your soil is dry, it will drain moisture from the plant and the plants will not survive.
Baby Plants and Care Sheets
Please do not remove the plugs from baby plants, please read our “newbie information Sheet” overleaf which covers this issue and basic plant care, if you do not have a copy in with your paperwork, all care sheets can be found on our website under the “Care Sheets” tab.
Freebies and Specials
Every week we have ongoing promotions – triple freebies (for every $30 spent up to $90 and not including postage, receive free set plants), BOGO (buy one, get one free) and cheap week (usually 6 plants for $20), see our social media for details, or download our app for notifications
Send us an email at email@example.com or contact us through Facebook or Instagram, you can also contact us through our App.
To talk with other customers please go the Facebook page “Nursery 2 U Customer Lounge”
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.
Below are 2 products sold at Bunnings along with their item numbers to make it easier for you to be able to find them, these numbers are current for 2022
Brunnings 5L Perlite Potting Mix I/N: 3010203 use as 40% of the mix
Brunnings 65L Coir Potting Mix I/N: 0274286 use as 60% of the mix
This mix is generic, and you will need to add fertilizer to your plants we do not recommend any home remedies or table scraps for your plants as these attract insects like gnats, for outdoor lants you can use commercial potting mixes like Osmocote products.
We sell a range of small quantity chemicals for the treatment of basic issues, see our website under the tab “Growers Prescription©” this allows you to try a wide range of chemicals without the cost of buying large amounts all at once.
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 the use of our Growers Prescription© range of small quantity chemicals as a inexpensive way to keep your plants healthy, available on our website under the Growers Prescription 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 the roots of 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. Issues arising from plants being in plugs usually stem from the plant being removed from optimal growing environments in a professional setting and going home with the consumer, please be patient and allow for slightly less growth at home due to changes in conditions.
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 happens
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
Spray with Maverick for the control of chewing and sucking insects
This plant will benefit from the use of our Growers Prescription© General Insecticide Regimen chemical set available on our website under the Growers Prescription tab
- Soil should contain at least 30% perlite
- Full sun until 11am or constant light shade cloth
- Plants must sit in water - it must either sit in water in a saucer or sit in at least 2cm of water in a pond or shallow tray, there should be uptake or evaporation visible daily when sitting in a saucer, and when sitting in a tray or shallow pond, the top of the soil or slightly below should be moist. in both instances if this is not the case, then there is a problem with either soil, light or temperature that must be addressed
- Slow down moisture levels in Autumn/Winter if you see the plant is dying down and do not allow them to freeze, add more moisture from spring onwards
- PLEASE NOTE AS THE SEASONS CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF WATER NEEDED BY THE PLANT CHANGES. YOU WILL NEED TO GAUGE YOUR PLANTS REQUIREMENTS BY LOOKING AT HOW THE PLANT RESPONDS TO THE AMOUNT OF WATER GIVEN, PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE UNSURE OR SPEAK TO OTHER LOCAL COLOCASIA OWNERS TO SEE HOW THEY MANAGE MOISTURE LEVELS IN YOUR AREA.
- Provide fertilizer when potting and then regularly (less in winter)
- WARMTH (NO AIR CON)
In time you can adapt your plant to your own environment but to start this plant off you need to provide the above
To prevent this plant being eaten by chewing and sucking insects, use Maverick mixed with Spredmax every 2-4 weeks
This plant will benefit from the use of our Growers Prescription© Colocasia/Alocasia/caladium Care Treatment available on our website under the Growers Prescription tab.
Caladium Plant Care
Please note this plant is a bulb plant and the stems and leaves may die after transit and usually die and regenerate regularly. Please do not over-water to stimulate new growth.
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 will benefit from the use of our Growers Prescription© Colocasia/Alocasia/caladium Care Treatment and Pyrethrum Treatment, available on our website under the Growers Prescription tab.
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.
SEE OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO ON OVERWINTERING by searching for Nursery 2 U
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.
Care Information for Alocasias
All Small sized ornamental Alocasias like velvets and jewel family
As a baby keep this plant in bright light but not full sun, and a sheltered position with no wind. LET THE TOP HALF OF THE SOIL dry out between watering in winter and keep more moist in summer.
All Larger Alocasias like Portadora, Wentii, Machrorizzos etc
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.
Alocasias will benefit from the use of our Growers Prescription© Colocasia/Alocasia/caladium Care Treatment, available on our website under the Growers Prescription tab.
Saxifraga Strawberry Begonia Care Sheet
Strawberry Begonias can be very easy to care for as long as you do these 4 things 😊
Do not wet or mist the leaves
Water when dry and keep in well drained soil
Keep warm (not hot) in a well lit position and they love humidity.
Follow basic feeding of slow release every 6 months and liquid fish and seaweed every 6 weeks
Pest Control – if you are keeping the plant outdoors and you notice caterpillars, spray with pyrethrin which is available from our Growers Prescription© chemical series
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.
From our Growers Prescription© chemical series you can use the Antifungal Duo and Pyrethrum when problems occur, please contact us if you are unsure about an issue
Making green tradescantias (all except Bicolour and Tricolour) 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 (Bicolour and Tricolour) 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.