A LITTLE ADVICE & SOME EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW

So, you’ve just become a proud planter parent, and it’s placed in the most suitable position…now what? Never fear, the Care Guide is here!

First rule of thumb: You are most likely to succeed if you ensure that the environment in which your plant is located is as close to the individual plant’s natural habitat as possible.

STEP 1: QUICK SCAN

Spending time with your plants allows you to take a closer look to ensure that they are happy and healthy. Do they have any pests or diseases? Has anything been eating them? Do any look unhappy?

Each case is individual and would have to be treated accordingly.

STEP 2: GENERAL UPKEEP

Clear any spent blooms or dead leaves away. Give them a trim should a plant become too leggy or is getting overly vigorous in a space. Too big for the space? Perhaps time to transplant and replace. Always choose another plant that would be suited to the planter and position.

STEP 3: HANG ON BEFORE YOU WATER

Succulents are sturdy little guys and can tolerate droughts with ease and will only need to be watered every other week. Once a week in very hot weather. You are more likely to kill a succulent with over-watering than under-watering so think less is more and when in doubt…don’t water.

It may be possible to hook up your planters or pots to your existing irrigation. If not, you will have to water them yourself. See this as less of a chore and more about making a connection with your plants and an opportunity to check that all is well. I find watering quite therapeutic!

If watering is required, a good drenching for both succulents and herbs are what they like. Water well and let it drain. Wait a minute and water again to ensure that all the soil has been moistened and the plants have had a good drink.

Drainage is key and especially with succulents and herbs, it is important that the soil drains well and does not remain soggy. Wait for the soil to dry between watering.

Other plant categories (including herbs) may need a bit more watering especially if they are in a hot position. Once a week in winter and twice a week in summer should do it.

A very diluted organic fertiliser or some worm tea every now and then won’t go amiss.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to contact me today.