These need strong light during their growth season and as much as possible in the winter months. Be careful as some windows may get very hot with the sun and can scorch certain species during the summer.
During the growth season water thoroughly with tepid water so that water runs all the way through and out the drainage hole. Water once every 2-3 weeks during this time. Reduce waterings in the fall and winter to once every 6-8 weeks. These go dormant in the cooler months so they don’t need as much water.
Cacti love calcium rich fertilizers. During the growth season find a good organic fertilizer to incorporate into your waterings and use as directed.
These prefer a fast draining and quick drying soil. Check out our hand mixed soil bags for cactus/euphorbia.
Tropicals make excellent houseplants. Most come from tropical forests where they live under the shade of large trees meaning they don’t need a ton of sunlight to survive. Most tropicals require similar care but look up your exact type in case there are special instructions!
Some tropicals do well in lower light and some require bright light, so look up your specific plant to make sure you’re giving it the light it needs. Too much sun can burn the leaves of some, but too little light can cause the plant to retain too much moisture in the soil which leads to root rot. Find a balance!
Keep soil moist but never soggy – most plants can tolerate underwatering from time to time but overwatering is the number one killer among tropical plants so play it safe. Usually once a week waterings do the trick but always use the finger trick or a moisture meter. If the soil feels wet, no water needed.
We recommend using an organic fertilizer for your tropical plants. Fish fertilizer is a great option! Incorporating fertilizer into your waterings will ensure happy healthy plants. Always check the instructions before using as each one is different.
Find a soil mix that is nutrient rich and retains moisture. There are certain tropicals that require special soil like anthuriums and orchids so check your plant before potting it up! Check out our hand mixed soil bags for tropical plants!
Tropical plants love humidity which can sometimes be an issue in our homes when the AC or heaters are running. Try misting the leaves of your plant every few days, putting your plants on pebble trays, or grouping them together to increase the humidity around them.
Each environment is different.
Your plant will let you know if it is happy or not.