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Indoor Plant Study Guide
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Pothos // Epipremnum (all varieties)
Let plants dry very slightly between watering, about top 1/4 of soil.
Philodendron // Philodendron (all varieties)
Let plants dry very slightly between waterings, about the top 1/4 of soil
Dracaena // Dracaena (most varieties except marginatas)
Let plants dry fairly deeply between watering a, at least too 1/2 of soil. Most plants in larger than 8in pots are grown in a lava rock potting mix which is not very water retentive. Regular potting soil will hold onto water for much longer than the lava rock mix which is important to note to any customers who are thinking of reporting. Dracaenas are
sensitive to overwatering but not so much to underwatering
Peace Lily // Spathiphyllum
Let only the surface of the soil dry between watering a. Peace lilies tent to dramatically flop over if they get too dry. It's fine if this happens every once and a while, but don't let it be how you determine it needs water on a regular basis.
Birds Nest Fern // Asplenium
Let only the surface of the soil dry between waterings. Like all ferns they appreciate humidity so misting is helpful
ZZ Plant // Zamioculcas
Just like the snake plant. Let the plant get almost completely dry between waterings. Once or twice a month is usually sufficient. Easy to kill with too much water, very difficult to kill with not enough.
Snake Plant // Sansevieria (all varieties)
Just like the zz plant. Let the plant get almost completely dry between waterings. Once or twice a month is usually sufficient. Easy to kill with too much water, very difficult to kill with not enough.
Chamaedorea Palms // Chamaedorea (bamboo palm, neathe bella palm/parlor palm, cat palm)
Let the soil dry slightly between waterings. About the top 1/4 of soil. These palms don't like dry air so misting is helpful especially to avoid brown tips. Spider mites are common on these palms, the best thing to prevent mites is to not let the soil get too dry and to provide humidity.
Kentia Palm // Howea
Let soil dry slightly between waterings. Avoid repotting! The plants usually come to us in lava rock potting mix that dries very quickly so frequent waterings are necessary. Palms are easily burned with excessive fertilizer so go easy.
Bromeliads // Bromeliads (all varieties)
Keep water in the cups of the plant at all times. Let soil dry somewhat thoroughly between waterings.
Sugar Vine // Cissus
Let the soil dry slightly between waterings about the top 1/4 of soil.
Cast Iron Plant // Aspidistra
Let the soil get fairly dry between waterings, about the top 1/2 of soil. Very forgiving and lives up to its name
Chinese Everygreen // Aglaonema (all varieties)
Let the soil dry somewhat between waterings, about the top 1/2 of soil. Do not like temps below 60 degrees
Boston Fern // Nephrolepsis
Let only the surface dry between waterings and appreciates some misting
Umbrella Tree // Schefflera (all varieties)
Let the top 1/4 of soil dry between waterings. These plants often come in to us very rootbound and when they do will require more frequent waterings.
Anthurium // Anthurium (all varieties)
Let the soil dry slightly between waterings, usually about the top 1/4 of soil. Brighter light and keeping the plant somewhat rootbound will promote blooming.
Diffenbachia // Diffenbachia (all varieties)
Let the top 1/4 of soil dry between waterings.
Ficus // Ficus
Notoriously finicky plants. Let the soil dry somewhat between waterings, about top 1/4 of soil. Provide humidity especially during dry winter months, protect from cold drafts, and avoid moving the plant. Ficus benjamina and similar varieties often come into us quite rootbound and will require more frequent waterings.
Spider Plant // Chlorophytum
Super easy plant. Water when soil is slightly dry. Relatively fast growing plant with robust root systems that tend to dry out quickly. Easily root the runners that grow off the moth plant. Would survive lower light as well.
Haworthia // Haworthia (all varieties)
One of the few succulents that doesn't require direct sunlight to stay looking nice. Easy to grow, let dry out between waterings like other succulents.
Money Tree // Pachira
Let dry slightly between waterings about the top 1/4 of soil.
Wax Plant // Hoya
Let plant become mostly dry between waterings. Very slow growing, only transplant when absolutely necessary. Flowers are long lasting and fragrant. Do not remove spent blooms.
Bird of Paradise // Strelitzia
Let soil dry somewhat between waterings, top 1/4. Can be grown in direct sun. Usually doesn't flower indoors. The nicolai (giant bird) variety we often carry can grow up to 20 ft tall but rarely indoors.
Yucca // Yucca
Let dry almost completely between waterings. Pot in cactus mix or well draining soil. Very slow growing. Best in direct sun. Real easy.
Cinnamon Tree // Cinnamomum
Similar to focuses but less finnicky. Allow about the top 1/4 of soil to dry between waterings.
Natal Mohogany // Trichilia
Let dry somewhat between waterings (1/4).
Let soil get slightly dry between waterings (1/4). Approximates humidity and is somewhat susceptible to spider mites.
Croton // Codiaeum
Needs bright light to keep vibrant color in foliage. Can take direct sun is acclimated slowly. Let soil dry only slightly between waters. Appreciates humidity, susceptible to spider mites.
Sago Palm // Cycas
Let soil dry almost completely between waterings. Only repot when very rootbound, in cactus mix. Very slow growing. Can be grown in direct sun if acclimated.
Ponytail Palm // Beaucarnea
Let soil dry almost completely between waterings. Can be grown in direct sun if acclimated.
Ming and Fabian Aralias// Polyscias
Finnicky plant. Let dry only slightly between waterings. Do not overwater. Do not underwater. Provide humidity. Sensitive to spider mites.
Prayer Plant // Maranta, calathea, stromanthe, cteanthe
Needs high humidity, only allow plant to dry very slightly between waterings. Very susceptible to spider mites. Protect from direct sun. Finicky.
Sedums // (all varieties)
Let dry between waterings. More sun yields better color and more compact growth.
Echeveria // (all varieties)
Let dry between waterings. More sun yields more color and compact growth.
Cactus Like and Succulent Euphorbias
Let soil get almost completely dry between waterings.
Let soil get completely dry between waterings. Water sparingly in winter.
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