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Plant Care

Agave Care

Light: Bright sunlight year-round. Consider moving your plants outside during the summer, where they can bask in full sunlight, and make sure they get plenty of winter light. Water: In spring, water with warm water…

Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) Care

Light: Place in a location with medium to low light.  Variegated varieties need only light shade.     Water: Water regularly from spring to autumn allowing the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry slightly in…

Alocasia Care

(African Mask, Elephant Ear) Light: African Mask needs a delicate balance of light, avoiding direct sunlight, as well as very dark and gloomy spots. Locations which fall between these two extremes are needed to keep…

Aloe Vera Care

Light: Aloes thrive in bright light conditions, but not direct sunlight. Leaves can turn brown with direct sunlight. Water:  It is important to let the soil dry out in between waterings.  Water your Aloe sparingly…

Anthurium Care

Light: Anthuriums as a rule will take as much light as you can provide them with, but not direct sunlight. Lower levels of light will slow down or cease flower production.  Water:  While Anthuriums are…

Aspidistra Care (Cast Iron Plant)

Light: A brightly lit room is good but not essential. They’re fine with low levels of light, but it’s best to keep them out of direct sunlight which will damage the leaves. Water:  Water once…

Azalea Care

Azaleas are perennials you can grow indoors or outdoors. They bloom in the spring and summer outdoors, but indoor blooming times vary due to greenhouse propagation.  Light: Place the Azalea in bright, but indirect sunlight…

Bird of Paradise Care

Indoor Bird of paradise with the right care can produce flowers every 3-5  years. Light:  Place your plant in a high light location with direct sun from autumn to spring, east-facing is ideal. Bright filtered…

Bromeliad and Pineapple Plant Care

Light: Bromeliads thrive in bright, sunny spaces. However, exposure to direct sunlight for an extended period of time can cause damage to the leaves. However, Pineapple and Earthstar varieties will flourish in full sun Water: …

Buddhist Pine(Podocarpus) Care

Light: A Podocarpus requires very bright indirect light, even some direct sunlight. They also do well in light shade, especially in the winter months when growth slows.  Water:  Well drained soil is essential, especially during…

Cacti and Succulent Care

Light:  Place cacti and succulents in the best possible light throughout the year, a south-facing window would be ideal.  Continuous hot afternoon sun in summer months can cause discolouration or sun spots so limit direct…

Carnivorous Plant Care

(Sarracenia) Light: Carnivorous plants should be placed in good bright light with or without direct sun, but not direct summer sun during the hottest part of the day. Water:  Water regularly from spring to autumn…

China Doll Plant Care

Light: This plant needs a lot of indirect, bright sunlight to thrive well. The plant should be placed in an area where it can get at least 4-5 hours of bright light each day. If…

Chinese Money Plant(Pilea Peperomioides)

Light:  Chinese money plants will do best in a bright, indirect spot in your home and can even adapt to lower light as well.  Light shade may encourage darker leaves and the plant will spread…

Christmas Cactus Care (Zygocactus)

Light: While the Christmas Cactus can adapt to low light, more abundant blooms are produced on plants that have been exposed to a high indirect light. Water:  When watering, thoroughly water the plant. Let the…

Citrus Care

Light: Set your citrus tree in full sun from a southern exposure. Trees need lots of light. If that’s not possible, supplement the light by installing 40-watt fluorescent shop lights above the plants. This is…

Coffee Plant Care

Light: Give a Coffee Plant the medium light of a somewhat shady window. A little direct sun is fine, but take care not to allow more than an hour per day of direct sun. Water: …

Cordyline Plant Care

Light: Bright indirect light, avoid exposing to direct sun.  Cordyline australis species can tolerate some direct sun but avoid hot summer afternoon sun.  Water:  Water regularly when top soil is dry to touch during growing…

Croton Care

Light: Crotons need a very brightly lit location so that they keep their bright colors. They enjoy a western or southern window location, avoiding direct summer sun. If they have plenty of light, the leaves…

Curcuma

Commonly known as Siam Tulip Light: Place in a bright location with filtered light, avoiding direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves of the plant. Water:  Keep the soil lightly moist during the growing…

Cyclamen Plant Care

Light: Give cyclamen bright, indirect light in the fall and winter. While your plant is dormant during the late spring and summer, keep it in the shade. Water:  Water whenever the soil feels dry during…

Dieffenbachia

Light:  Partial shade to bright indirect light with no direct sun in summer.  Bright indirect light without direct sun in winter. Water:  Water freely from spring to autumn letting the soil dry out slightly in…

Dracaena Care

Although there are many varieties of dracaena, they mostly require the same basic conditions to grow their best! Light: Dracaenas need moderate to bright indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the tips…

Dwarf Lemon Cypress

Light:  Place in a location that receives a lot of light, an east-facing window is best.  Lemon Cypress requires 6-8 hours of direct sun per day, they are not shade tolerant.  Rotate the plant regularly…

Euphorbia

Some varieties include:  Milii (Crown of Thorns), Coral Cactus (lactea grafted onto neriifolia)   Light: Best possible light for all species of Euphorbia in winter.  Succulent varieties can tolerate direct sun all year. Avoid direct summer…

Fern Care

Light: Ferns do best with indirect lighting.  A north-facing window is ideal although during the winter months, when the sun is low on the horizon, an east window is fine for these plants.  Avoid south…

Ficus Care

Light: Tree and shrub type ficus require bright light but avoid direct sunlight in the summer while creeping and climbing ficus varieties prefer partial shade. It is recommended to turn the plant occasionally so all…

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) Care

Light: Fiddle leaf figs require bright indirect light and can even tolerate some direct morning sun.  Best placed in an east-facing window. Don’t worry too much if your tree drops some leaves when you first…

Gardenia Care

Light: Gardenias prefer bright indirect light but not direct summer sun.   Water:  Gardenia’s do not like to dry out so keep their soil moist but not wet.  Let the top inch of soil dry in…

Haworthia Care

Light: Haworthia grow in similar conditions as other succulents and benefit most from bright light and can adapt to some direct sunlight.  Avoid direct sunlight in hot summer months. White or yellow usually signify too…

Hoya Plant Care

Hindu Rope (Carnosa), Wax plant (Australis), (Bella) Light: Bright light is required.  Some direct sun is beneficial but avoid hot afternoon sun in summer months.    Water: Water thoroughly Spring to Fall, allowing the soil…

Ivy Care

Light: Ivies prefer bright natural light but do not locate in a window with direct afternoon sun.  Water:  Water when the soil feels dry on the surface. Give the plant enough water to saturate the…

Jade Care

Light: An important aspect of the care and maintenance of Jade Plants is how much sun they receive. They need full sun in order to grow properly. If they do not have full sun, they…

Jasmine Care

Light: Jasmine prefers a bright light location and can even handle some direct sunlight. Water:  Never let the dirt dry out, even during the winter when the plant is in bloom. Good drainage is important,…

Lucky Bamboo Care

Dracaena sanderiana Light: Lucky Bamboo prefers bright, filtered sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. They are more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the bamboo leaves are fading…

Mandevilla Vine Care

Light: Bright light with some direct sunlight. Plants that don’t get enough light will grow tall and leggy, with few blooms. Water:  Unlike many flowering plants, Mandevilla will tolerate some dryness and continue to flower.…

Maranta Care

Calathea, Prayer plant, Ctenanthe Light: Maranta plants prefer bright indirect light.  Too much direct sun burns the leaves and causes the beautiful leaf colours to fade.  Water:  Maranta are very sensitive to the water you…

Ming Aralia Care

Polyscias Fruticosa Light: Ming Aralia prefer bright indirect light.  Avoid exposing to direct sun. Water: Water thoroughly and allow top 2 in (5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings. Water more sparingly in…

Money Tree Care

Pachira Aquatica Light: Money Tree plants prefer a medium amount of light and do very well in indirect sunlight and even partial shade. Water:  Water when the top 2-3 inches of the soil is dry,…

Monstera Ginny

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma R. tetrasperma has a striking resemblance to Monstera deliciosa and is often mistaken for the Philodendron species.  However, this plant is neither a Monstera or a Philodendron, although they are all in the…

Monstera Plant Care

Deliciosa, Swiss cheese vine Light:  Place Monstera plants in a location with bright to moderate indirect light. Avoid direct sun. Water:  Water regularly, keeping the soil moist, but not soggy from spring to autumn. During…

Myrtle Care

Myrtus Communis Light: Myrtle prefer bright light with some direct sun. Avoid direct afternoon sun in the summer months. Water:  Water regularly from spring to fall, more sparingly in the winter. Soil should be kept…

Natal Mahogany Plant Care

Trichila dregeana Light: Bright indirect light is best for the Natal Mahogany.  Can tolerate lower of levels of light but may cause the plant to become leggy. Water: These plants thrive on water and are…

Nephthytis Care

Nephthytis Care Common names for Nephthytis is Arrowhead P_lant, Elephant Ear Plant, Butterfly Plant and Goosefoot Plant. They are popular houseplants and need to be kept away from any pets, as they are poisonous. Wear…

Norfolk Pine Care

Light: Place Norfolk Pine in a bright location, avoiding direct sun in the summer.  They can also tolerate semi-shade.   Water:  Water regularly from spring to autumn keeping the soil moist but never wet.  Water more…

Oleander Care

Nerium  Light: Oleander plants prefer bright light with at least four hours of direct sun each day.  The plant can be placed outdoors in the summer. Acclimatize it gradually and bring inside the home before…

Palm Care

Although there are many varieties of palms, they all require similar conditions to grow their best! Light: A fairly bright room without direct sunlight is advised. Too much sun can cause scorched leaves.  Parlour and…

Peace Lily Care

Spathiphyllum Light: Place peace lily in a location with bright indirect light in the winter and a semi-shaded location in the summer.  Avoid direct sunlight.   Water:  Water regularly to keep soil moist, let the top…

Peperomia

Light:  Peperomia plants grow well in bright indirect light or semi-shade. These plants even grow under fluorescent lights. Keep away from direct sunlight.     Water:  Water moderately spring to autumn, allow the top half of…

Philodendron Plant Care

There are many different kinds of philodendrons including upright and hanging varieties but all take the same basic care.   Light: Place in a bright location with indirect light avoiding direct sunlight.  Philodendron scandens (heartleaf philodendron)…

Pilea Care

Aluminum plant Light:  Pilea plants grow well in bright indirect light or semi-shade. Avoid direct summer sun.   Water:  Water moderately spring to autumn, allow the top ¼ inch of soil to dry out between…

Poinsettia Care

Light: Place your poinsettia plant near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. A window that faces south, east or west is better than one facing north. Keep the plant away…

Pothos Care

Scindapsus Light: Pothos is a very versatile plant that can tolerate the lower light levels or bright filtered light of a home. The yellow variegations of the plant become more pronounced when exposed to greater…

Rose Care

Rosa, Miniature Rose Light: Place rose plant where it will receive the most light – a sunny window sill is ideal and east-facing is best.  It also benefits from being placed outside on a balcony…

Schefflera Care

Light: Schefflera plants flourish in areas with a lot of light. Care for scheffleras by placing them in rooms with bright filtered or indirect light. The foliage of your Schefflera arboricola plants will turn yellow…

Snake Plant Care

Sansevieria  Light: Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light and can even adapt to direct sun and also a degree of shade. Water:  Water moderately letting the soil dry between waterings from spring to autumn. During…

Spider Plant Care

Chlorophytum Light: Spider Plants are very undemanding. Spider Plants prefer bright, indirect light. However, they will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shade to partial direct sun. Water:  Water liberally through spring to autumn letting soil…

Staghorn Fern

Light: Bright indirect light, avoiding direct hot summer sun.  Staghorn ferns do not tolerate low-light conditions.   Water:  Let soil dry out slightly between waterings.  The fern also absorbs moisture through its fronds so misting regularly…

Tacca Bat Flower Care

Light:  The Tacca Bat plant should be placed in a bright location, avoiding direct sun.  Most have had better success with locations that have plenty of good air circulation. Water:  Keep the Tacca Bat Flowers…

Tillandsia Care

Air plant Light: Place tillandsia in a bright location avoiding direct afternoon sun in summer months.  Air plants are also quite tolerant in lower levels of light.     Water:  You can either soak your Tillandsia in…

Tradescantia Care

Zebrina (wandering jew, inch plant), Setcreasea (purple heart), Siderasis (spiderwort) Light: Place plant in a bright location with some direct sun autumn to spring, avoid direct sun in the summer.  Grow Siderasis (spiderwort) variety in…

Tropical Plants – Basic Care

There are thousands of species of tropical plants but most require similar care. Light: Bright indirect light to partial shade is ideal for the majority of tropical house plants.  Avoid exposure to direct sun, especially…

Vine Care

Cissus (tapestry vine), Rhoicissus (grape ivy), Tetrastigma Light: Place your vine in a brightly lit location away from direct sunlight.  Grape Ivy and Tapestry vines can tolerate partial shade.   Water:  Water thoroughly from spring to…

Yucca Care

Light: Requires bright, full of filtered sunlight, acclimate slowly to full, direct sunlight.  Yuccas thrive in full sunlight so they’re perfect for that west-facing window. Water:  Allow soil to dry completely between waterings, the top…

Zamioculcas Care

ZZ plant Light: Place your ZZ plant in a moderate to bright location avoiding direct afternoon sun in summer.  They are also quite tolerant of low levels of light.  Water:  The Zamioculcas plant is much…

Zebra Plant Care

Aphelandra Light: Place in a location with bright indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight. Water: It’s important to keep the soil moist to the touch, and not waterlogged or too dry. It’s advisable to use luke…