To reduce the shock the plant experiences from relocation, we have a few recommendations for aftercare:
- Repotting can add stress. It's best to wait at least two to four weeks to repot your new friend.
- Place in an indirectly well lit area (Southern exposure is ideal), as this is one of the essentials for acclimatization.
- If your pal is dry, give 'em a good water.
- Ditch the fertilizer for now. Fertilizer encourages growth, so let your friend's energy focus on transitioning into your new home.
- Be patient. Plants are brilliant! Most of the time, they're great at adapting without too much interference. We like to leave them be for the first few days.
General Care Tips:
- Most plant problems arise from cultural and environmental factors including over-watering and drought stress. As a general rule, it's easier to recover from under watering than over watering. Instead of sticking to a watering schedule, evaluate the different elements in your home (light, humidity, temperature, etc.) and water when roughly the top inch or two of soil is dry. Feel the soil and let your plant friend tell you when they need water.
- Try to reproduce the environment that is native to that plant. For example, if your friend is tropical, you'll want to raise the temperature and humidity, etc. Same goes for substrate. Our Tropical Climber blend is great for monstera, hoya, pothos, and climbing philodendrons.
- When repotting, make sure the vessel is not too large or too small for the root system. If it is too large, the soil will retain moisture longer (creating a scenario where it is easy to overwater), and the plant will be more susceptible to root rot. Vise versa, if the pot is too small, the plant may become root bound, preventing the roots from absorbing water and nutrients. A one to two inch increase from current pot size is advised.
- Cleaning the dust off of leaves with water will help the plant absorb more light and increase photosynthesis. Leaf shines can clog pores, so stick with h2o.