Plant Care

Tips and Tricks

General Information about caring for succulents, houseplants, cactus, and annuals!

First Steps

Annuals, Perennials and Succulents alike all require Light, Air, Water and Nutrients to grow and survive. During the shipping process of a plant most of these survival requirements are removed and cause stress on the plant. To ensure your plant continues growing and surviving after being shipped we suggest a few steps that should be taken.

  1. Upon arrival be sure to remove the plant from its packaging as soon as possible. 

  2. Examine the soil and roots of the plant to determine if an initial watering is needed.

  3. Provide the plant with adequate sunlight/artificial lighting.

  4. Replanting into fresh potting soil can be beneficial.

Caring for Succulents

Succulent Leaves and Cuttings

Succulents are well known as being a very prolific and efficient plant in nature. When damaged or dying a succulent can drop leaves naturally causing an instant new life cycle for its detached leaves. More commonly performed in the states, manual propagation and cuttings of these plants are taken to reproduce them. Being very delicate and small, these leaves and cuttings can be tricky to get the hang of. We recommend a few of the following steps for planting success.
     Leaves:

  1. Examine your leaves, looking for roots or small growths. The main part of the leaf may be dry on the end. This is natural in many cases as the leaf uses its energy to grow a new plant. If a leaf shows no signs of rooting or growth, leave it in a well lit, dry area until roots or growth can be seen.

  2. Prepare a planting area that contains lightly watered soil that has been drained well.

  3. Placing and lightly pressing the leaves on top of the soil is adequate to induce growth.  

  4. Water lightly and infrequently until the plant has become established and is showing new growth. Watering frequency and amount will increase over time (very slowly).


     Cuttings:

  1. Prepare a planting area that contains lightly watered soil that has been drained well.

  2. Find the bottom, calloused end of the cutting and stick it directly into the soil.

  3. Water lightly and infrequently until the plant has become established and is showing new growth.

Sizes - Plugs, 2.5", 4"

An established plant in any size is much more tough and resilient compared to cuttings and leaves. This allows for planting freedom and less worry towards keeping the plant alive. All the greater aiming to help your plant thrive. These larger established plants do have different needs, so here are some of our suggestions on growing and keeping a healthy succulent.

  1. A root bound plant is ready to grow. Replanting in a pot/container of slightly larger proportions will allow your plant to flourish again.

  2. Optionally introducing small amounts of low strength fertilizers into fresh potting soil can increase vibrancy and plant vigor.

  3. Thorough watering infrequently and allowing soil to dry between watering minimizes rot and disease.

  4. Providing an area with adequate sunlight is important for larger plants to prevent the issue of "stretching". Succulents do make great houseplants given the proper amount of light. They will also do well planted outside seasonally in warm climates. (Most succulents are not winter hardy in northern states)

  5. When planting different varieties together be mindful of which may overtake the other. Speed of growth can cause competition between succulents planted closely together. Trimming succulents that branch or vine is entirely acceptable. Rosettes/Echeveria type succulents may require replanting in some cases.

For additional succulent information the buttons below offer multiple available resources. We are happy to answer specific questions and will attempt to respond as soon as possible.

Caring for Annuals and Perennials

Annuals

Annual plants are used frequently in landscaping that is meant to be changed on a seasonal basis and encompass many flowering plants. Often planted in coordination with Perennial plants; annuals create a dynamic timeline of how a landscape will grow throughout an entire season by adding pops of color.  Annuals are seen frequently in hanging baskets and planters due to their colorful nature. As reference a small list of common Annuals include: Petunias, Zinnias, Marigolds, Salvia, Celosia and some Vegetables. When caring for any annual plant there are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Watering frequently and heavily in medium-higher temperatures is required; daily watering recommended. 

  2. High levels of soil nutrients will promote a stronger plant and fuller flowers.

  3. Removing early blooms and dead blooms can encourage new growth and fuller flowers (i.e. Petunias, geraniums, salvia and marigolds).

  4. Light requirements will differ per plant and will need specific research.

  5. If planting outside,  weed preventatives like mulch is very beneficial to use around your plants.

  6. Researching your climate zone is important for determining which plants will be planted as an annual plant due to overwintering climates.

Perrenials

Perennial plants are a general favorite among many people due to their nature of overwintering each season in climates they are hardy in. Many herbs and vegetables are perennials and will continue to produce for many season if cared for properly. Ornamental plants like sedum, sempervivum, heuchera, tulips and hostas are commonly chosen plants to use in landscaping for a low maintenance garden many colors every season. Caring for and planting perennials can be perfected by using some of the following points.

  1. Plant perennials to protect the roots. 

  2. Frequent watering for the first season is required. Less watering is required in following seasons.

  3. Mulching around the plant can help protect from invasive weeds and increase overwintering success.

  4. Splitting perennials after 2-3 seasons will help to thin landscaping and prevent overgrowth.

  5. Researching your climate zone is important for determining which plants will be planted as a perennial plant due to overwintering climates.