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Plant Care Instructions

Air Plants

Tillandsia, or air plants, prefer bright, diffused sunlight and lots of air circulation. Every one to two weeks, submerge your air plant in room-temperature tap water (or rain/pond water if you can find it) for a few hours. After soaking, gently shake excess water from your plant. Turn it upside-down on towel in a bright space to let it dry, typically a few hours. Allow one week for the plant to completely dry before watering again. Air plants can be mounted on wood, stone, or any number of household surfaces with a special glue, available at your local florist.

Azalea

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight, but do not expose to direct sun. Keep soil moist; water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, drain excess water. Place in a cool location, avoid excessively hot and cold areas. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from water drainage.

African Violet

Prefers moderately bright, diffused sunlight. Placement near a sunny window but not exposed to direct sunlight is ideal. Keep soil moderately moist; water thoroughly when soil surface feels dry to the touch. Good drainage is important for root health. Cold water on foliage can cause spotting and mold. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from water drainage. Warm temperatures are ideal: 70-72°F daytimes and 65-70°F nights. Avoid excessively hot or cold temperatures. Fertilize periodically with African Violet plant food, following manufacturer's directions. Key tips for success: provide good light to stimulate growth and flowering. (Lack of flowering is normally caused by low light)

Amaryllis

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight. Placement near a sunny window but not exposed to direct sunlight is ideal. Keep soil moist and fertilize with liquid houseplant fertilizer regularly. Remove faded flowers for best display. To encourage more blossoms next year, cut the flower stalk to within 1” of the top of the bulb after all blooms are faded. Continue to water and feed the plant regularly with liquid houseplant fertilizer. In mid-august, begin withholding water and let the foliage die naturally as the pot dries out completely. Store the dormant bulb in a cool, dark, dry place for at least 8 weeks. Then, six to eight weeks before the desired bloom time, repot the bulb in fresh potting soil, and place it in bright, diffused sunlight. Resume watering sparingly at first and once new growth appears, incase watering.

Bamboo

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight, but will grow in most indoor conditions.Keep canes submerged in at least 1" of water. If your tap water is hard (contains lots of minerals), purified or distilled water is necessary. Place in a moderate to warm temperature location.

Bromeliads

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight, but can be maintained in low light. Moderate to warm temperatures are ideal. Keep soil fairly dry to avid crown rot. Overwatering can be fatal. Plant prefers to be watered in the couplets next to the stem where you should see standing water. Do not water the soil directly unless crumbly dry. Misting during winter months will help with wilting leaves. If uncertain please call the store for more details. Re-flowering: Once the flower head fades, the rosette of leaves starts to die and is replaced by the offsets at the base. When the offset is several months old, remove it with some roots attached and plant shallowly in light planting medium. Keep warm until established. Encourage flowering in a mature plant by placing it in a plastic bag with a ripening apple. The fruit gives off ethylene gas, which stimulates blossoming.

Bulb Plant

Prefers moderately moist soil. Bulb plants will flower normally under a wide range of light conditions. Allow soil surface to feel dry before watering thoroughly. Drain excess water in saucer at base of pot to prevent root rot and to protect furniture. Cool temperatures are ideal: 60-65°F daytimes. Avoid excessive heat or cold. To enjoy in your garden in future years, place pot in well lighted, cool area (50-55°F) and keep moist after flowering. when stems and leaves are no longer green, cut them off. In mid-spring, plant bulbs outdoors in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Note: years to re-flower will depend on size of bulbs and local climate conditions. Key tips for success: A cool environment at night (50-60°F) will help to extend the flowering period while plant is indoors.

Begonias

Prefer full sun to partial shade. Water regularly to keep soil most, but do not over water. Do not pour water onto foliage, but rather into the soil. Once active growth is present, apply a high nitrogen fertilizer every two weeks. After flower buds are set, switch to 0-10-10 fertilizer every two weeks. Cut off blooms once they have died.

Cacti & Succulents

When grown indoors, prefers bright, direct sunlight near a sunny window. To determine a good place, place your hand 1 foot above the area you've chosen as their home, you should get a definite shadow. Moderately dry soil is best. Drench soil thoroughly, then allow it to become moderately dry before watering again. Temperatures found in most homes are acceptable. Fertilizer: if plants are kept for extended periods of time, use a house plant fertilizer at the manufacturer's suggested rate and frequency. Avoid excessively hot or cold locations.

Dish Garden

Prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Keep soil moist: water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, but do not allow plants to stand in water because of risk of root rot. Place in a warm location. Set the planter on a saucer dish to protect furniture from draining water.

Daffodils

Inside, daffodils require bright sunlight with minimal shading. Moist, well-drained soil is preferred. Make sure to allow for drainage to avoid root rot. Set the planter on a saucer dish to protect furniture from draining water. Dump the water from the saucer dish 30 minutes after watering so the plant does not absorb the water back into the soil and become soggy. As the flowers fade, cut the flowers beneath the flower base and discard. Leave the remaining stem on the plant to collect energy and nutrients for the bulb.

If you plan to transplant bulbs into an outdoor garden, continue to fertilize soil at half the label’s recommended rate until the last flower fades. Move the pots outside to a full sun location after the danger for frost has passed. Cut off the foliage after it yellows and dies back natural, usually six to eight weeks after flowering. Transplant the bulbs to a well-drained garden bed that receives full sun exposure. Plant daffodil bulbs with the pointed tip 2 inches beneath the soil surface and space bulbs 5 inches apart.  Divide up clumps when flowers become congested, or flowering may become sparse. 

European Garden Prefers bright, diffused sunlight. Keep soil moist; water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Plants in this garden may be in individual pots or have separate root systems, so water with extra care. Be careful not to overwater as there may be no drainage at the bottom of the planter and overly wet soil may induce root rot. Place in a moderate temperature location.
Flowering plant Keep soil moist: water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, draining excess water. Prefers bright diffused sunlight, do not expose to direct sun. Place in moderate temperature location. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from water
Green Plant

Prefers bright diffused sunlight, do not expose to direct sunlight. Keep soil moist; water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, draining excess water to avoid root rot. Place in warm location, avoiding excessive hot or cold areas. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from draining water. Plants with flowers in bud stages prefer bright light near a sunny window. Plants with open flowers do well in a wide range of light conditions. Key tips for success: Placement in a cool environment at night (60-50°F) will help to extend the flowering period.

Gloxinia

Prefers moderately bright, diffused sunlight near a sunny window but not exposed to direct sunlight. Keep soil moderately moist; water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from water. Warm temperatures are ideal: 70-72°F daytimes and 65-70°F nights. Caution: do not expose gloxinias to temperatures below 50°F. Fertilize periodically: follow manufacturer’s directions carefully. Key tips for success: Bright light will allow small buds to develop and open, replacing older flowers. Inadequate light may cause light-colored and small newly opened flowers. 

Hyacinth

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight. Keep soil moist, but allow plenty of drainage. Water in morning or late afternoon to allow enough time for leaves to dry before night to ward off fungus growth. Cut away the flower stalks after they bloom in the spring and allow the leaves to die off naturally. Remove the dead leaves by carefully cutting, or by pulling and twisting gently at the base of leaf. Fertilize at least once a year to maintain proper nutrient uptake. Keep hyacinth plants in a very sunny area with minimal shading.

Hydrangea

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight. Ideal placement is near a sunny window. To determine appropriate light, place your hand 1 foot above the area you've chosen to be its home; you should get a definite shadow. Very moist, but well drained, soil is best, never allow soil to dry out. Your indoor hydrangea plant may require watering more than once a day. Remember, saturated soil with poor drainage may cause the roots to rot. Temperatures found in most homes are acceptable, but cool locations will greatly improve the lasting quality. Ideally, 60° to 65°F days and 55° to 60°F at night. Fertilizer: If plants are kept for extended periods of time, use a house plant fertilizer at the manufacturer's suggested rate and frequency. Avoid excessively hot or cold locations.

Kalanchoe

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight, placement near a sunny window is ideal, but a wide range of light levels will be tolerated. Maintain soil on the dry side. Water thoroughly after soil surface has become dry to the touch. Drain excess water in a saucer at base of pot to prevent root rot and to protect furniture. Then dump the collected water to avoid soil becoming overly saturated. Moderate temperatures are ideal: 65-70°F daytimes and 60-65°F nights. Avoid excessively hot or cold areas. Fertilize periodically, starting two to three weeks after purchase. Follow manufacturer's instructions carefully. Key tips for success: Bright light will help to sustain flower’s bright colors. Pale-colored flowers indicate inadequate light.

Norfolk Island Pine

Prefers bright, diffused light. This plant is sensitive to cold temperatures and should never be exposed to temperatures below 45°F, Water generously in spring, summer, and fall, but less in winter. Fertilize every 2-4 months. Keeping the air humid will help the plant to thrive.

Orchid

Prefers bright, diffused sunlight, but do not expose to direct sunlight. Crucial to keep soil very well drained, as roots can rot easily. Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings. One way to check for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it's dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be. Place in a warm location. Higher humidity preferred. Refer to specific orchid variety care information for best growing results. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from draining water.

Ponytail Palm

Prefers bright sunlight; near a sunny window is idea. These palms are sensitive to cold, so avoid placing them near a window in the winter that lets in the cold. Keep soil relatively dry. Water thoroughly every 3-4 weeks or when the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil is dry. Make sure to not let the soil remain soggy as standing water could cause root rot. If the leaves are yellowing or the trunk/stem becomes soft, withhold water; the palm will likely right itself.

Rose Arrangement Upon receipt, check water level; add warm water with preservative solution as needed. Keep water level high in vase, ensuring no stems are above the water line. Arranging foam should be kept saturated. Display in a cool location, away from direct sunlight. Avoid excessively hot or cold areas.
Peace Lily

Prefers bright, indirect sunlight from a nearby window. Keep out of direct sun. Keep soil moist by water thoroughly and frequently and draining excess water. Soil should not dry out. Place in a warm location, avoiding excessively hot and cold areas. Set plant on a saucer or dish to protect furniture from draining water.

Tulips

Keep tulips in a cool shady spot out of direct sunlight. Place a dish or ceramic under pot to catch drainage water. Water as needed, once or twice weekly. Water until it drips from the bottom of the pot, allow it to drain for 30 minutes, then dump out the water collected in the dish under the pot. 

Terrarium Keep soil moist but not soggy. Do not allow plants to stand in water. Prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Place in a moderate to warm temperature location. Set terrarium on a saucer dish to protect furniture from draining water. To maintain, cut plants back (at the main stalk), as they grow out the top of the container.