Water: Simply- when watering, you want to emulate what happens in your plant’s natural habitat. Usually an tropical environment.
Rain occurs often, sometimes daily, and in general the climate is warm and extremely humid with creates a constant bed of moisture rich soil. With proper soil composition, when watering, we should aim for a constant level of moisture within the soil- aim for moist but never soggy. We recommend watering around the inside rim of the pot (not at the base of the plant) to help avoid over-watering the plant.
We always recommend erring on the side of caution as well as it is absolutely possible to overwater a tropical plant.
Humidity should be considered as equal and in conjunction with watering. Our homes can be extremely low in humidity with modern forced air heating and cooling systems. Spray misting every few days and introducing a humidifier directly into the plant’s environment can be exponentially resounding to the overall health of the plant.
LATE SEPTEMBER thru
Tropicals enter dormant season - mist weekly, keep soil slightly moist.
Make sure soil is dry before watering. Dip your finger down into the soil to the second knuckle- if you feel moisture, mist the plant and hold off for another few days. Avoid any drafts or temperature fluctuations as tropical vegetation is very sensitive. Leaf loss is normal and expected.
*Note- some species, namely Tillandsia, etc. require slightly different care over dormancy. Again, please further research your species!
Tropicals enter growing season - mist often, keep soil moist.
Prune dying or unnecessary foliage regularly. If you’ve begun any fertilizer treatments, fertilize with quality product as directed- not too much!
*Placement of the plant can slightly alter these directions. If specimen is in strong, and therefor hot, light- soil will naturally dry quicker than if specimen is placed in a less lit or hot location. Adjust appropriately.
Light: Sunlight is absolutely essential for all plants and again- you want to do your best to emulate the conditions in your plant’s natural habitat.
Generally speaking, tropicals can be categorized into High, Medium or Low Light classifications.
As indicated on your species tag, we’ve broken down brief descriptions of each below:
HIGH LIGHT - Direct, uninhibited, full frame sunlight. Generally, plants living on open plains or at the edge of the forest where the sunlight is strongest.
MEDIUM LIGHT - Referred to as filtered or dappled sunlight- diffused and indirect. Generally, forest floor plants living under the immediate canopy.
LOW LIGHT - No direct sunlight. Generally, ground level plants living underneath the forest floor plants. Although some tropicals can survive in low light conditions they will not thrive.
Placement of plants can slightly alter these directions. If your specimen is in strongest direct southwest light soil will naturally dry quicker than if the specimen is placed in a less lit or hot location.
Rotation is also an extremely important task to keep each plant healthy. Rotate your plant with every watering to make sure they get an even amount of sun and shade. Uneven light can cause serious issues over time- yellowing, bleaching or a general off-color appearance can be a cause of uneven lighting conditions. Take care to prevent yellowing and discolor due to under-lit conditions as well as bleaching and scarring due to excess heat and direct light on only one area of the plant.
Dust and dirt build-up on leafy foliage can greatly reduce the amount of sunlight getting to your plant. Gently dust leaves bi-weekly.
Etiolation is a concern with bringing all plants indoors and subsequently receiving too little light. Essentially, the appendages of the plant grow unhealthily and in an awkwardly uncharacteristic way to ‘grab’ the sunlight it’s not receiving. This is usually a last-ditch effort to find adequate light before finally dying.
Alternatively, if transitioning a plant from a lower or inadequate lighting condition it’s best to transition slowly as it will be prone to scorching and scarring- especially with leafy vegetation.
*Please, please, please keep in mind this guide covers general care to get you started. We highly recommended further Google research on your specific species to educate yourself on their exact needs including more precise info on water and sunlight preferences particular to the plant(s) at hand. Thank you! Thank you!