Plant & Terrarium Care

TERRARIUM CARE
  • Light
    These plants require bright, but indirect light. DO NOT put in direct sunlight or outside. The glass will heat up and burn the plants.
  • Water
    Pour water directly into the soil to make the soil moist (around half a cup) usually once every 7-14 days is enough depending on the climate and season (more in hot or dry weather, less in cooler months).
    Keep the soil moist between watering but not soaking wet. Do not let your terrarium dry out completely. 
    If you are going away for an extended time you can put a lid on your Terrarium and this will keep it moist.
  • Pruning
    Some plants in a terrarium will gradually outgrow their limited space. A little trimming often promotes side shoots that fill out plants.
    Be sure to remove all dead leaves from the terrarium plus trim the tips if they start to touch the glass.
  • Cleaning
    Occasionally, the glass will need to be cleaned with a damp cloth to remove build up on glass.
ZANZIBAR GEM
  • Choose a brightly lit position indoors with no direct sunlight. Or, grow outdoors in semi shade. Water occasionally, but allow the plant to dry out well between watering. Water less frequently in winter and when the plant is growing in low light. This is the best indoor plant or (office plants) for Brisbane as it is extremely low maintenance.
RHIPSALIS PLANT
  • These grow best if located in a bright position the year round with some morning or evening sun. Do not place them in the midday sun in summer, unless you place the pot at least at a distance of 50cm behind the window. Otherwise the leaves can burn. They seldom need to be watered more than once a week, so check before watering by pressing the tip of your finger into the soil, if the soil is moist postpone watering. Do not let Rhipsalis sit in water as stagnant water can lead to rotting of the roots. Allow to dry before watering next.


PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID CARE

  • Phalaenopsis have become very popular. The main reason for their popularity is the flowers can last up to two months or longer on a graceful arching spike with many flowers. Phalaenopsis flower in late winter and spring. Phalaenopsis are easy to grow in normal home conditions if extra humidity is provided. Remember basis of horticulture is the same for all plants, even orchids. If you can grow plants, you can grow orchids.
  • Light
    Phalaenopsis grow in low light conditions. The foliage will appear yellow-green not dark green if the light is correct. Dark green leaves or the new leaf growing longer and more narrow than the old leaf indicates the light is too low...Phalaenopsis will grow under artificial light .Even a small incandescent light can make a difference.
  • Temperature
    The temperature range for Phalaenopsis is 15.5 C to 24.5 C. The normal home temperature of 22 C to 25.5 is fine for Phalaenopsis. Allowing the temperature to drop below 60 F will endanger the plant. Check the temperature at the window sill during the winter. In the autumn, allow the night temperature to drop down to 16.5 C for three weeks. This temperature drop will induce the flower spike. The flower spike should start to grow about three weeks after the cold treatment. The flower spike will grow in the direction of the source of greatest light.
  • Humidity
    Phalaenopsis like most epiphytic orchids grow best with the humidity 50% or higher. Most homes have a humidity of 30 to 40%. To create high humidity around the orchid, provide a way for water to constantly evaporate around the plants. Place gravel in a pan or saucer. Place the plant on the gravel. Keep water in the pan or saucer level with the top of the gravel. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of the pot. This will create a micro-environment of high humidity right around the plant. Misting causes leaf spot diseases if there is not good air circulation. Do not mist.
  • Watering
    Water when the orchid needs water. Water needs are influenced by humidity, potting media, type of pot, size of pot, time of year and the orchid. Over watering is the biggest killer of orchids. So when in doubt, do not water. Orchids require a thorough soaking. Do not just give them sips.

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SUCCULENT CARE

  • Light
    Succulents can be grown either inside or outside but, like other plants, they need plenty of light. Most require either filtered sun most of the day or 1 to 2 hours of direct sun each day. Many will survive quite well in full sun, but in summer you will need to introduce them in stages: 1-2 hours the first week, 3-4 hours the next week, then all day. Some species just require good light, for example: Aloe, Scilla, Gasteria, Haworthia.
  • Water
    The amount of water required depends on many factors: type of container (terracotta dries out faster than other pots), size of container, height of container, time of year, position, heat, humidity etc.
    During the warmer months water thoroughly then let the soil go dry before rewatering. Put your finger a couple of centimetres down into the soil and feel if the soil is moist. When in doubt it is safer to underwater than to overdo it. Succulents store water in their stems and leaves and can tolerate periods of dryness without harm. During the cooler months, water less frequently and less deeply. Try to water in the morning when a sunny day is expected so that any excess will evaporate in the sunlight. If you have purchased a small plant it will, in most cases, be a baby, and require a little more care. It will dry out fairly quickly in summer and will need watering more often until its roots are fully grown.
  • Fertilser
    Although these plants generally need less and not as often, feeding is necessary for vigorous and healthy growth. All commercial fertilisers have an NPK reading (nitrogen:phosphorus:potassium). Look for one with a low nitrogen reading like African Violet or flowering houseplant fertiliser. Use only half the recommended dosage at the beginning of the growing season, usually spring.
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