PLANT CARE ADVICE
We stock hundreds of different species of house plant in our York shop and the stock is constantly changing due to various factors including seasonality and availability.
With this in mind, we have not provided detailed care advice for every species of plant we stock here but below are some general plant care tips!
When you shop with us, you will have the opportunity to talk with knowledgeable staff who can advise you on the best plants for your space based on the light, temperature and humidity of the location.
Your new plant has come from a plant nursery which has provided it with optimal growing conditions for rapid growth and has then been moved to York. It then has made it’s final journey to your home. Your plant will have to adjust to the new location so do not worry if it loses a few leaves, or does not grow much during the first few months.
Most plants we sell are happy in bright, but indirect light (i.e. the plant can “see” the sky, but is not in direct sunlight - think dappled/filtered, forest floor light). Cacti and succulents love lots of sunshine but be careful these do not get scorched if place in south-facing windows during the summer.
Use tepid/room temperature, rainwater where possible (especially in hard water areas, i.e. York!) If not, distilled water or tap water left to stand for 24 hours is great. Letting water stand allows the water to warm up and also allows chemicals present to dissipate. Some plants are very fussy and should only be watered with rainwater, e.g. air plants and carnivorous plants.
Always water a plant thoroughly (i.e. so water runs through the pot, drains out and soaks all the soil) and then let it dry out to species-specific levels (e.g. cacti and succulents should be allowed to dry out thoroughly between watering).
Refrain from planting any plant directly into a decorative pot (unless it has drainage and a drip tray) as this makes watering to the correct levels much harder. Keep in the plastic pot with drainage holes and place this in a decorative pot.
Frequency of watering depends on the location of the plant, e.g. temperature, humidity, light levels and therefore it is not appropriate to give a timescale to watering. The best thing to do is test the soil dampness with your finger!
Gently aerate the soil before watering by poking the soil with a chopstick/moisture meter probe; doing the job of worms and insects in the plant’s natural habitat! This helps to break up the soil (which will become compacted over time), allowing air to get the to the roots and helps water to be evenly distributed through the soil during watering.
Plant care tags on plants general refer to care during the warmer months/growing season (unless stated otherwise). Watering should be reduced during the colder, winter months when light levels are lower and therefore less water is being used during photosynthesis.
Dust can quickly build up on leaves which can prevent plants from growing properly. Clean with damp kitchen roll or cotton wool.
Keep plants away from draughty locations and direct sources of heat, e.g. radiators.
A great place for tropical plants that thrive in humid conditions (e.g. ferns, orchids, bromeliads, calathea) are kitchens and bathrooms that don’t get too chilly on a night. If situated in a slightly less humid spot in your home, grouping plants on a tray of damp gravel will help raise humidity levels around the plants but make sure plants are not standing in water.
Never feed any house plant if it is not actively growing and feed to species-specific requirements during the “growing season”, generally April - September.
Some house plants are toxic to pets if ingested. Please refer to this excellent, searchable online database for advice on pet-friendly plants.