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Plant Care

If you need some help with specific sunlight, water, soil, and humidity requirements for your plant, you’re in the right spot. We’ve compiled everything we feel that you need to know about houseplant care!

General instructions for all houseplants: Never pull the plant out of the dirt or immediately repot your houseplant when you bring it home. Your plant’s already stressed from moving from a warm and humid greenhouse, then to a plant shop, and then to your home or office. Instead, find a good spot for your plant, based on the light and humidity recommendations listed below. Allow your plant to acclimate for at least one or two weeks before you repot the plant, the longer the better.

How to use this page: Click the name of the type of plant. Please note that these are general care instructions for each family of plants. If you need more specific plant details, please ask someone at the shop, call us, or email us! A paw icon indicates that all, or most of the plants in the category are pet friendly. Please research your specific plant to be safe.

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Sunlight

Indirect light: Place the plant where it will get indirect light. This plant can tolerate lower light levels.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering as this plant can tolerate less water. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Moist soil: During the warm months, keep the soil moist. In the winter, allow the soil to dry slightly. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. It should never be dry past one inch.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant where it will get medium to bright indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering. Test by sticking your finger in the soil.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get hours of sunlight.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering as this plant can tolerate less water. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy. Don’t mist the leaves as it’s susceptible to powdery mildew.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Indirect light: Place the plant where it will get indirect sunlight.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Moist soil: Keep the soil moist at all times. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. It should never be dry.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Direct light: Place the plant where it will get direct sunlight for the entire day.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Wet: Keep the media wet at all times as these are bog plants that live in standing water. Test by sticking your finger in the media. It should never be dry. Use only distilled water, reverse osmosis water, rain water, or snow melt unless your tap water has been tested to have total dissolved solids (TDS) below 50.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of 75% peat moss and 25% organic perlite. Long fiber sphagnum moss may also be used in the mix. Potting soil and fertilizer should never be used.

Poor soil: No growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the plants happy, but carnivorous bog plants will still grow in lower humidity levels.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil.

Sunlight

Bright light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light and some direct sunlight.

Too much light: Shriveled leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth.

Water

Moist soil: Allow the soil to dry slightly. Water weekly in the Spring and Summer and every three weeks in the winter. Watering from the bottom is preferred.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth.

Not enough water: Shriveled leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: High humidity isn’t required, but humidity above 50% helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright light: Place the plant where it will get bright direct sunlight. This plant can tolerate direct sunlight.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Moist soil: Keep the soil moist at all times. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. It should never be dry.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Moist soil: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. The top inch of the soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant can grow well in average humidity. Some humidity stops the soil from drying out too quickly.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Partial Shade: Place the plant where it won’t get much indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Moist soil: Keep the soil moist at all times. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. It should never be dry.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Indirect light: Place the plant where it will get indirect sunlight. This plant can tolerate low light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Moist soil: Keep the soil moist at all times. Test by sticking your finger in the soil. It should never be dry.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light. Dappled morning sun is fine, but keep away from the hot afternoon sun. The plant will flower with enough light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dormancy.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering as this plant can tolerate less water. Water weekly in the summer and once every two weeks in the winter.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant can tolerate lower humidity, but higher humidity levels will help keep the soil from drying out too quickly.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil.

Sunlight

Some Direct light: Place the plant where it will get direct sunlight for 4-6 hours of each day. The plant should be in shade for the remainder of the day.

Not enough light: Wilted leaves, slow or no growth, no pitcher growth.

Too much light: Sun burned leaves, dry soil.

Water

Moist: Keep the media moist at all times. Test by sticking your finger in the media. It should never be dry. Use only distilled water, reverse osmosis water, rain water, or snow melt unless your tap water has been tested to have total dissolved solids (TDS) below 100.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth, dry pitchers, no pitcher growth.

Too much water: Root rot.

Soil

Well-draining: A common mix is 75% peat moss and 25% organic perlite. Long fiber sphagnum moss may also be used in the mix. These Nepenthes plants are tolerant of most peat moss, perlite, and long fiber sphagnum moss combinations. Potting soil and fertilizer should never be used.

Poor soil: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves, dry pitchers, no pitcher growth.

Humidity

High humidity: A humid environment helps to keep the soil moist and the plants happy, growth of new and existing pitchers. Humidity over 70% is best. Bring outside in Spring, Summer, and Fall as long as temps are above 55 degrees.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, wilted leaves, dry pitchers, no new pitcher growth.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright or medium indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering as this plant can tolerate less water. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get some indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering as this plant can tolerate less water. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Low or medium light: Place the plant where it gets shade with some indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, wilted leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Little light: This plant does not need much light at all. Some plants will show darker leaves with less light.

Too much light: Wilted leaves.

Water

Keep the soil dry: Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering as this plant can tolerate less water.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity.

Sunlight

Bright light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light and some direct sunlight.

Too much light: Shriveled leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth.

Water

Moist soil: Allow the soil to dry slightly. Water weekly in the Spring and Summer and every three weeks in the winter. Watering from the bottom is preferred.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth.

Not enough water: Shriveled leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: High humidity isn’t required, but humidity above 50% helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright light: Place the plant near a window where it will get bright indirect light and some direct sunlight.

Too much light: Shriveled leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth.

Not enough water: Shriveled leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: High humidity isn’t required, but humidity above 50% helps to keep the soil moist and the leaves happy.

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light: Place the plant near a window where it gets bright indirect light.

Too much light: Burned leaves.

Not enough light: Slow or no growth, less variegation or color in the leaves.

Water

Allow the soil to dry out: Allow the soil to dry out before watering. The top inch of soil should be dry and the soil below should be moist.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity, but may grow better with humidity above 50%,

Not enough humidity: Dry soil, slow growth, wilted leaves.

Sunlight

Little light: This plant does not need much light at all. Some plants will show darker leaves with less light.

Too much light: Wilted leaves.

Water

Keep the soil dry: Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering as this plant can tolerate less water.

Too much water: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Not enough water: Wilted leaves, slow growth.

Soil

Well-draining: The soil should be a mix of organic potting soil, perlite, bark, and other media to allow the roots access to water and oxygen.

Poor soil: Rotted roots, no growth, wilted leaves.

Humidity

Some humidity: This plant doesn’t require much humidity to grow properly. It can tolerate a range of humidity.