thriving thursday

  • move your plants in winter

    Since the sun is at a lower angle during winter months and there are fewer hours of sunlight, it is important to move your plants near south or west facing windows, if possible!

    In addition, it’s important to avoid keeping plants near windows that are not airtight.

  • reduce waste at Thanksgiving

    Here are some ideas for you:

    1. Cook plant-based meals to limit your impact on the environment
    2. Buy your ingredients at local farmers markets
    3. Opt for reusable containers for leftovers
    4. Compost any food waste

  • watering airplants

    There are two key ways to water these easy maintenance plants.

    One option is water baths! Place your airplant in a room temperature bowl of water for about 10-20 minutes. This can be done every two weeks! 🛁🌿

    Another great option is to mist your airplants about once a week or so to ensure they thrive!

  • feeding houseplants

    During spring & fall it’s important to start fertilizing your houseplants about 2 months before the first frost.

    During summertime you should fertilize your houseplants more often. Depending on the type of fertilizer you are using, you may need to fertilizer your plants every other week, or once a month.

    During winter, avoid fertilizing your houseplants.

  • humidity needs 101

    No humidity - Cacti and other succulents that thrive in dry conditions prefer little to no humidity.

    Medium humidity - Snake plants, Baby rubber plants, Philodendrons, and several other common houseplants prefer some humidity. These type of plants can be misted a few times per week.

    High humidity - Anthuriums, begonias, and peace lilies are plants that thrive in high humidity conditions, and often grow best when adding a humidifier or diffuser to indoor spaces. You can also place these plant in bathrooms to increase humidity exposure. 

  • ways to remove dust & debris

    Save water, shower with your plants!
    Dirt and dust that your houseplants collect on their leaves blocks sunlight, negatively impacting your plant. Because of this, it is super important remove dust and debris from plant leaves to allow your plants to remain healthy and thrive. An easy way to do this is to give your plants a shower or wipe them clean with a damp cloth every once in a while! Make sure to use room temperature water.

  • what time of day should you water?

    Typically, the best time of the day to water your houseplants is in the morning! This is especially important in the summer and for plants that are placed right next to a window, receiving direct bright sunlight ☀️ This ensures your plants will absorb the water prior to the hottest time of day. Of course, make sure to check your plant’s soil before watering in order to avoid overwatering if the soil is already moist.

  • watering in fall

    During the fall season when the weather starts to cool down, it is best to water houseplants less frequently. This allows our plants to continue to thrive while there is less direct sunlight available.

  • 5 ways to tell if you are overwatering

    1. Your plant leaves are turning too yellow and are beginning to fall
    2. Your soil is always wet and never dries out, meaning the soil is retaining too much moisture
    3. You are noticing pests or fungus gnats in your soil, which are usually attracted to moist environments
    4. Your plant leaves are starting to brown at the edges
    5. Your plant’s stems are squishy, soft and limp

    Some Solutions: Only water your plant when the soil is dry, place your plants in areas that receive enough light to help the soil dry out, and select planters that have drainage holes.

  • fall season tips

    1. If planting new seeds during fall, make sure your soil is nutrient-rich
    2. Plant veggies and herbs in your garden at least a month before the ground typically freezes so that your plants can germinate and grow during the colder months
    3. If unexpected snow occurs, make sure to cover your crops 

  • what to check for when buying plants

    When buying new plants, make sure to check if the plant has buds or new leaf growth! This means the plant is healthy. Avoid buying plants that have bugs and disease, roots that are circling or bulging from the container, and discolored leaves.

  • plant benefits

    Surrounding yourself with thriving, vibrant plants can have a positive impact on your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.

  • sunlight needs

    Place your houseplants in the best spot where they will receive the light they need. Depending on the type of houseplant, this will vary. Some plant types thrive in direct strong light spaces while others require indirect or softer light🌱🌞
    You can also tell by just looking at your plant how much light it needs - if plants are not receiving enough light, they may get leggy, while leaves of plants receiving too much light will turn a dull green-yellow color. Plants receiving too much direct sun may get sun spots.

  • using insects to deflect pests

    A great way to deflect or get rid of insect pests on your plants or in your gardens is to introduce other insects like ladybugs. These type of insects don’t eat vegetation, but rather eat pests like aphids, helping to protect your plants!

  • designing with shrubs

    Designing with shrubs allows for bright, colorful, unique spaces with a variety of flowers, foliage, stems, and fruits. When selecting shrubs to add to your garden, there are several factors to consider and it is critical to choose shrub types that thrive in the conditions of your space. This includes sun exposure, climate, size, and color.

  • propagation

    Fun tip: when using water propagation for plants like pothos, the longer the pothos vines remain in water, the harder it will be for your plant to adapt to soil. This means you should transport the plant into soil as soon as roots begin to grow!

  • houseplant environment recs

    Maintain a stable ​environment for your houseplants. It is best to keep the temperature between 65 and 75 degrees F. Keep plants away from radiators since direct hot air will cause them to dry out and shrivel. Avoid placing your plants near A/C units and air vents, since too cold of air blowing directly on your plants can starve them and reduce their levels of moisture.

  • brown edges on plant leaves

    Brown edges on your plants leaves are often due to humidity issues - your plants may not be exposed to the necessary amount of humidity.
    How can you properly get rid of the brown edges? Grab pruners or a pair of scissors and simply cut the brown edges off of the leaves, however, make sure to retain the shape of the leaves to allow plant growth to continue!

  • coffee grounds to feed plants

    To make sure your plants are receiving enough nutrients to THRIVE, you can simply add used coffee grounds directly to soil. This is a natural way to feed your plants and acts as a way to reuse coffee grounds rather than throwing them away! 

  • homemade soil

    Making your own soil is a great way to make sure your houseplants thrive! Mix together ⅓ organic potting soil, ⅓ orchid bark to add air to the soil, ⅓ horticultural charcoal to keep away unwanted bacteria, and perlite. The more perlite, the better the drainage. For plants like succulents which require less water, you should add more perlite into your mixture.

  • natural remedies: rid of pests

    Natural soap and water mixture is your new BFF when it comes to getting rid of bugs and pests on plants. Pests are sometimes inevitable whether it be aphids, mites, or fungus gnats in your soil. If your plants have a pest problem, mix 5 tablespoons of natural dish soap with 4 cups of water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the plants for 5-7 days in a row.

  • pot & planter size

    It's important to select a pot that isn’t too big, but has enough space for your plant to continue growing. Similarly, pots that are too small can cause issues, such as a lack of nutrients due to less soil in the pot, root issues, and potentially can even cause root balls to occur. If the roots cannot grow enough, or spread out enough, then plant growth will slow. Make sure to keep pot size in mind before planting your plants!

  • replanting plants

    For most plants, this allows their roots to spread out and grow, enabling the plant to grow as well. However, it is also important to make sure the pot is not too large for your plant. If the pot is too big, then the soil may hold too much water or take longer to dry out which can lead to root rot, diseases, mold, and other issues.

  • humid environment

    Humid environments mimic natural environments. When the edges of plant leaves start to crisp, this indicates the need for more humidity. Using a humidifier is the most common way to do so. Another way is to use a fine mist above a plant to mimic rain. Avoid misting directly on the foliage as this can leave the leaves wet for too long and may lead to fungal infections throughout the plant. Moving plants to a bathroom with windows and natural light can also increase humidity. Lastly, you can put rocks in a tray and place your plants on the rocks, not directly in the water, to add more humidity to your plants!

  • how much water?

    This depends on the plant’s drainage. If your pot has drainage holes, hold the plant and water it until you start to see water draining out of the bottom of the pot. This will ensure the entire plant is thoroughly getting watered. By looking at your plant’s leaves, you will be able to tell if it is thirsty. And always remember, under-watering is better than overwatering!

  • watering plants

    Did you know that it is better to under water your plants than overwater them? In most cases, plants can recover if under watered, however, overwatered plants have minimal chances of surviving. To tell whether your soil is already moist or if the plant needs more water, stick your finger in the soil. If you‘re still unsure, let the plant tell you! Drooping stems and leaves are most likely an indicator that your plant is thirsty.

  • dead leaves

    Cut away dead leaves on your plants! By cutting away the dead leaves on your plant, this will allow the plant to focus its attention and send energy to the thriving, healthy, and live leaves and foliage.

  • dusting plants

    Dust that accumulates on your plants leaves and foliage can cause a blockage of light and leads to an increase of insects on your plants. Gently wipe off the dust with a duster or moist towel so that your plants can get adequate sunlight and thrive!

  • watering with ice cubes

    Searching for an easy way to make sure your succulents, orchids, and other types of houseplants are getting just the right amount of water? Use ice cubes to water your plants! Place the cubes around the soil without touching the stem or plant and the ice will gradually melt which will water the plant slowly and evenly throughout the soil.