Caring for your plants goes much further than just watering. There are other aspects of plant health that every plant owner should take into consideration.

The first is a well balanced fertilizer. We recommend a 20-20-20 fertilizer every three months starting in late spring into early fall. Starting in mid to late fall plants go dormant and there is generally no need to fertilize. This is their resting phase to gear up for next year!

If your plants are showing signs of nutrient stress other than those given in regular fertilizer (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) we love SUPERthrive. This is a kelp based vitamin supplement that helps deliver various nutrients to your plants.

The next topic is pruning. This isn’t a necessary step, but if you like to keep your plants nice and neat, this is for you! Make sure you’re pruning during the correct time of the year as this may vary depending on your plant. Generally speaking, you should prune either in early spring or late fall when the plant is coming out of or going into dormancy. However, there are certain plants that don’t mind when you prune year-round.

Have you ever heard of cleaning your plants? It is a frequently overlooked step, but is oh so important! Dust, dirt, and all the yucky stuff in the air settles on your plant’s leaves making them lackluster and droopy. However, the most important issue is that it inhibits photosynthesis. Plants can’t capture carbon dioxide when the leaf pores are clogged, potentially causing your plant to struggle. Simply wiping them down with a wet paper towel once a month should do it.

If your plants are especially dirty or want your leaves to shine a little bit, you can purchase leaf shine for your plants. It is important to note that you should look for one that is for living plants! There are several leaf shine products out there that are meant for cut leaves in flower arrangements which would be terrible for your plants. We carry multiple leaf shine and fertilizer products that are meant for living plants to ensure clean and healthy plants. Never use leaf shine on plants that have fine hairs, delicate or waxy leaves; this could potentially kill your plant within days. Examples are maidenhair ferns, herbs, many (if not all) succulents. Water will do just fine on these.

Finally, make sure your plant has fresh and clean soil. You don’t need to change the soil too regularly, unless your plant is unhealthy. About once a year will do just fine. Just take your plant out and replace the pot with fresh new soil and you’re good to go.

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