Water

Why plants need water 

Water is a key component for plants photosynthesis process (how they make food). Water combined with CO2 and energy from light is converted into glucose. Pretty smart!

But we need to be careful about how much water we give to our plants.

If we give them too little, they won’t be able to make enough energy, and if too much we can actually drown them.

How to get it right

All our product pages contain specific care instructions for your plant, which if you follow should lead to a happy and healthy plant.

In addition, we have created a handy list of golden rules for watering your plant here.

Golden Rules

1) Don’t religiously stick to a schedule

The majority of indoor plants prefer the top few cm’s of soil to be dry in between watering. So, if you don’t mind getting a little bit of soil on your finger, just put your finger into the soil and check how moist it is. If it is dry, then it is probably time to water, and if it is still damp, you can check again in the next few days.

Over time, as you get to know your plant, the schedule may become a little more predictable, but it will depend on the season and many other factors, so we always advise to check first.

2) Less is more

Always err on the cautious side if you are not quite sure how much to water your plant. Overwatering your plant can be much riskier, as it can lead to things like root rot, effectively plants can drown from too much water.

3) Moist not wet

After you have watered the soil, once the water has dissipated, the soil should feel damp, and not wet.

If the soil is soaking wet, there is a risk that you have overwatered

Make sure that you drain your plant after watering. All our plants are sold in nursery pots with drainage holes so that any excess water can drain away. We recommend leaving your plant out of any decorative pot for about one hour after watering. This will ensure that any excess has drained away and will reduce the risk of overwatering or drowning your plant.

4) Less in winter

Plants need less water in winter as they grow less and conserve energy. As a general rule, reduce watering in the winter, and be very alert about overwatering.

5) Fussy plants..

Some plants can be a bit fussy with the water they are given. In general, try to make sure you give plants warm tepid and not cold water. Also, if possible, try and give them filtered water or rain water (particularly in places with hard water)

If you follow these golden rules, we are sure that your plant will be well on the way to health and happiness.

Humidity

Many of our indoor plants are from tropical regions (they must be quite miffed we have taken them to our chilly country), and therefore in order to thrive, we need to create conditions similar to what they would experience in their native environment.

Tropical regions have one big difference to houses – it rains a lot (if its raining in your house, get your roof checked).

Therefore, we need to help our tropical plants by creating humidity. There are a few ways to do this:

  1. Put plants with higher humidity requirements in kitchens / bathrooms – so they can pretend they are dancing around in the Amazon downpours
  2. Get a mister and give your plant a good old mist (feel free to mist yourself)
  3. Put the plant on a tray of pebbles filled with water

Now go have fun misting (make sure the plant gets some too)