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Caring for your house plant

A healthy house plant is the perfect addition to any home, and when cared for, it can keep growing strong for years!

Your plant may be a little sleepy after its journey, don’t worry – simply follow our top tips below on how to keep your gorgeous new house plant happy and healthy.

Your plant’s natural habitat should be considered when finding a spot for it in your home, it is always best to try and recreate both the heat and light levels it is used to. However, a good general rule to stick to is to keep them out of direct sunlight, chilly draughts and away from items which dry the air – like radiators and TVs.

Did you know?

  • The leaves are the lungs of your plant... So, remember to keep them clean of dust – wipe the leaves with a damp cloth whenever you do your usual dusting!
  • Be sure to check your plant regularly for signs of stress or disease and remove any browning leaves or flowers to encourage new growth.
  • Use only the recommended plant food when watering to encourage growth – this is particularly important for flowering plants.
  • All plants love water, but just how much your plant needs will depend on the variety you have and the time of year.

Keep reading to find out more about your plant...

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

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 the roots of your Orchid exposed to light to ensure it continues to produce enough energy for itself.

Azalea

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.

Top tip: 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

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

Origin: Colombia

Preferred Conditions: Indirect light.

Water: Water thoroughly, ensuring the soil doesn't get soggy. They love humidity so mist the leaves daily, but don’t over water as they can be 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, so be sure to keep away from any little ones or pets!

Calla Lily

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.

Peace Lily

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 - from purifying the air around them to helping to fighting air pollution.

Rose

Origin: Most species are native to Asia, with a small number of varieties being native to Europe, North America and north western Africa.

Preferred Conditions: Keep in a sunny area of your home and avoid extreme temperatures.

Water: Indoor Rose plants get very thirsty, so check the soil each day. Make sure the water soaks all the way down to the roots – a good indicator of this is to see if water seeps out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the planter.

Top tip: Remove any old blooms with a pair of pruning scissors at a 45-degree angle to encourage your plant to rebloom.

Did you know? There are over 100 species of Rose!

Succulents

Origin: Succulents originate from dry, desert locations with long dry seasons such as Africa.

Preferred Conditions: Display in a room where they will receive direct sunlight, and a steady temperature that doesn’t drop too cold or get too hot.

Water: Always ensure the soil is dry before watering and keep watering to a minimum – once per week is ideal.

Did you know? You can use cuttings from your Succulents to grow new plants!