House Plant Care Advice

Your plant gift may be a little tired after its journey, so give it a little TLC and follow these simple care tips to make sure you get the most out of your houseplant.

Most plants like to be kept of direct sunlight and away from chilly draughts, but it is recommended you find out where your plant originates from and try to recreate the heat and lighting levels of its natural habitat.

Plants prefer not to be displayed near things that dry the air such as radiators or on top of TVs.

Did you know that a plant's lungs are in its leaf surface? Occasionally wipe your plants leaves with a cloth to ensure they don't become choked with dust and unable to breathe.

Check your plant regularly for signs of stress or disease and remove any browning leaves or flowers to encourage new growth.

Use the recommended plant food when watering to encourage growth, particularly for flowering plants.

All plants like water, but just how much your plant needs will depend on the variety you have and the time of year. Read on to find out more about your specific plant…

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant

Origin: Asia

Preferred Conditions: Orchids like cool air, regular misting and are sensitive to ethylene gas produced by fruit, so keep away from your fruit basket.

Water: Orchids absorb food and water through their leaves, so mist the leaves - not flower heads, once a week. Water the roots with about a tablespoon of water once a week in summer and once a fortnight in the winter.

Did you know? In their natural habitat Orchids grow on trees and use their roots to cling to branches. This is why Orchids are potted in bark. Keep your Orchids roots exposed to light to ensure it continues to produce enough energy for itself.

Azalea Plant

Origin: China and Thailand

Preferred Conditions: Display in a room with lots of sunlight and keep out of extreme temperatures.

Water: Azalea plants enjoy regular watering and don’t like to dry out. Try to keep the soil constantly moist and occasionally mist the plant. Dry brown leaves indicate that your plant needs more water.

Please note: During the spring months your plant will continue to flower and develop new buds, shedding their brown shells when ready to open. Once it has finished flowering remove the dead heads and your plant will continue to grow until the following year when it will begin to flower again.

Begonia Plant

Origin: Brazil

Preferred Conditions: They need bright, indirect light (too much sun can burn their leaves). Don’t let the leaves get wet as this can cause disease and rot.

Water: They are susceptible to over watering, so wait until the soil is dry and the leaves start to droop before watering.

Did you know? Begonias can store water in their stems for later use.

Anthurium Plant

Origin: Columbia

Preferred Conditions: Indirect light.

Water: Water thoroughly, ensuring the soil doesn't get soggy. They need humidity so mist the leaves daily, but don’t over water as they are susceptible to root rot.

Please note: The sap can cause an allergic reaction if it touches the skin and the whole plant is toxic if consumed.

Calla Lily Plant

Origin: Southern Africa

Preferred Conditions: Indirect sunlight is best, as direct sun can damage the flowers.

Water: Mist the plant to keep humidity high and keep the soil moist.

Please note: Calla Lilies are toxic to cats and dogs so if you have received one of these make sure you keep it out of reach in a high place.

Peace Lily Plant

Origin: Central and South America

Preferred Conditions: Keep damp, cool and shaded, away from direct sunlight.

Water: Every 5-7 days and mist occasionally. Your Peace Lily will tell you when it needs watering as its leaves will droop (but try not to let it get to that stage).

Did you know? Peace Lily plants have amazing capabilities in fighting air pollution.