Care of New Plants and General Cultivation Information

Use caution when unpacking plants as some species have especially frail stems which may be prone to snapping. Carefully remove plants from packaging and provide fresh water. When first unpacked, most plants and especially tropical plants will benefit from added humidity. Signs such as drooping leaves or withering often indicates problems such as a lack of watering or humidity. Misting plants and using a cover for humidity such as a plastic bottle or bag can help them to acclimate. If plants have been covered for added humidity, fresh air should be gradually introduced so that conditions do not create stagnation and so that they are able to gradually adapt to your particular environment. When growing plants indoors air can be very dry, so be sure to water when needed and mist regularly if it is a species of plant that will benefit from the added moisture.

Plants may be actively growing when you receive them. Water immediately and put them where they will receive the light and temperature that they require. Plants may need to be gradually exposed to full light, and should avoid exposure to drafts and extreme temperatures. Even plants that are hardy may die in freezing conditions, and those that grow best in full sun can be burned if they are not gradually introduced.

When watering, ensure there is proper drainage. Water regularly to suit the plant. In summer this may be every day, and in winter this may be less often. Some plants prefer constantly moist soil and some require soil to dry between waterings.

Some plant specimens may be rootbound and benefit from being repotted. When repotting it is typically a good idea to bury them deeper for support. Plants will typically be ready for transplant into a bigger pot on arrival, however it can be a mistake to plant into too large of a pot. Plants need aeration in the soil, and using too large of a pot may make it difficult for soil to dry out. Without drying, soil can become waterlogged, encouraging pests and disease.