Plant Health Care Basics

In this blog we are going to take a look at your basic plant care.  There is also a section that allows you to ask a question about your plants and why they might not being to well, so please… by all means, ask away!!!!


Let’s start with the basic requirement of all plants:

1 – Proper lighting – This is the first thing I always ask when a customer is looking for a plant.  What are your lighting conditions like?  Is the plant going to be in a South facing window getting full direct sun?  Or perhaps you have a North facing window and are concerned that you cannot grow anything?  Does the plant need long periods of exposure to direct sun, or will that plant grow in full shade?  Your lighting conditions are the first thing to think about whenever looking for a plant.

2 – Watering – This is also an essential question to ask.   Is this a thirsty plant, that requires the soil to be damp at all times, or does it prefer to have almost no water at all?  Do you travel a lot and need plants that can look after themselves, or are you home all the time and can give a specialty plant the attention it needs?

3 – Environmental Conditions – This section covers quite a bit: Warmth, Humidity, and Fresh Air/Draughts, and Resting Period.   Do you have your home or office well heated, or do you prefer a cooler environment?  Does your home have a tendancy to be dry, or do you love high humidity? Will the plant be in an area where it will get fresh air once in a while, or do you need it to go near the front door where the winter cold will be hitting it everytime the door opens?   Do you have a plant that goes dormant for the winter but are keeping it in a high heated room?  Or perhaps your plant gowns year round, but you cut the watering down in the winter.  Knowing exactly what your plant needs to survive is essential for ensuring that anyone, and everyone can grow plants…. even those who have never had a green thumb.

4 – Soil Conditions – Some plants love rich nutirent rich, damp, potting soil, and some plants require a sandy, porous and well drained soil.  Is the plant you are buying in the correct growing medium?   Wondering why your cactus that you repotted in potting soil is rotting?  (it’s roots are too wet!)  Or perhaps why your Cypress Tree is browning in its sandy soil? (the soil is not holding enough moisture)   At Bloom the Flower Company, we make sure each and every plant is in the correct medium for the correct plant requirements, and can help you repot your own plant if it is not doing so well! 

Stay tuned for the next Blog where we examine these basic plant care requirement in more detail!!


  1. Paul Girling says:

    Hi Paul,

    I have loved my Janet Craig’s. They are so easy to keep but the new cats have shredded them …to death.

    What do you recommend that would survive cats?


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