Cause they can be real diva’s
Indoor plants require a good quality potting mix that supplies nutrients. Look for the Australian Industry Standard tick printed on the bag – that will save you time and money right there.
Make sure your mix is premium and has fertiliser added. Plants don’t like being potted too deep – this can cause ‘collar rot’ resulting in the death of the plant.
The thirst is real..
The biggest killer of indoor plants is from over-watering. Indoor plants hate wet feet. Water requirements will vary depending on the size of the plant, if she is near a window, draughts, air conditioning, heating, time of year.
Plants all have different personalities and you should monitor them regularly.
Try and educate yourself on your new plant but if you aren’t sure – start out by watering once every 5-7 days in the warmer months and once every 7-10 days in the cooler months. Zanzibar’s are prone to root rot so keep watering to an absolute minimum.
A room with a view..
Indoor plants require high to moderate levels of natural light with some exceptions. The sun is intensified through glass so avoid placing plants directly next to a window that receives direct sunlight.
Each species will have different light requirements so just monitor their behaviour.
My curly hair doesn’t like humidity but indoor plants freakin love it..
Plants like ferns live for constant humidity around their leaves. If kept indoors, they will appreciate water or mist sprayed on their leaves regularly.
Dust can be harmful to indoor plants because it reduces the ability of the plant to capture available light and produce food for itself.
Our Plant Runner Neem Oil is sold as a ‘leaf shine’. It’s SOOOO important to wipe down the leaves of indoor plants on a regular basis. Like all things in the house they can gather dust, and as the dust sits on the leaves it can block out sunlight preventing them from photosynthesising to their full capacity, as well as blocking the pores in the leaves meaning your plant won’t be able to breath! In nature, this doesn’t happen as the wind and rain takes care of the cleaning duties, but at home it’s up to you. The plant will also benefit from those proteins, vitamins and trace elements the Neem contains.
Our premixed Plant Runner Neem Oil is easy to use and has a shelf-life of 18 months after mixing. Usually, mixing Neem oil with water will give you 1-4 days max before the Neem won’t be effective, meaning you’ll be mixing small quantities on a regular basis. Our product is mixed with plant-based oils to help extend the life of the Neem even after mixing, meaning all you need to do is spray and wipe when necessary.
Heads Up: For plants with pubescent (leaves covered with soft fine hairs), do not wipe with a cloth – this can damage them. Instead, take a very soft brush like a duster and gently swish over them.
Being indoors means lack of controlling bugs normally found outside. Pests have no predators so numbers can build up rapidly.
The first sign will be masses of white crawling pests roaming around the leaves (mealy bugs) or small shells especially under the leaves (scale insects). Try wiping off pests, painting with rubbing alcohol or spraying organic Plant Runner Neem Oil. Follow up a week later. For leaf spot and fungal infections use wettable sulphur to manufacturer’s instructions. Wettable Sulphur is very low toxicity. If you tend to overwater your plants you may notice small black fly’s – fungal gnats. Another great non chemical prevention is sticky traps. I cut these Trappit Sticky Insect Traps into thin strips and place them near my indoor plants.
Food for thought..
Fertiliser is not food for plants. Plants actually create their own food through photosynthesis. Fertiliser is more of a supplement, providing plants with the nutrients they would receive themselves in their natural envirnoments by sending out roots and drawing them up from the soil.
Our indoor plants can’t do this. It’s up to us to provide those nutrients, in the form of fertilisers. They would still survive if all you gave them was the right amount of light and water, but they would start to struggle – their growth would slow, they may start to lose some of their colour and dull out, or become vulnerable to pests and diseases.
The most important things to look at when choosing a fertiliser are the N:P:K ratios.
Nitrogen – This nutrient is primarily responsible for leaf growth as its a major component of chlorophyll (the compound used by plants to photosynthesize). Plants absorb more nitrogen than any other nutrient.
Phosphorus – root, flowers and fruits! You’ll notice fertilisers for flowering and fruiting plants (think citrus feeds) will have a higher number for phosphorus in it.
Potassium – Potassium helps strengthen the plant’s ability to fend off pests and diseases, as well as protecting it against cold or dry weather and build up reserves for dormancy. It keeps the plant’s functions performing as they should.
A good fertiliser will also contain micronutrients or Trace Elements, making it a complete fertiliser. These micros are the support team to the Big Three mentioned above. They all have a role and will aid plant development.
Feed when the plants are actively growing. Generally, this means Spring is the best time but depending on your plant and your home you might find they are growing all year round or stay dormant longer. Plants that are fast growers will need more feed than slow growers like cacti.
Look for the N:P:K.
Don’t forget the micros! They’re still important, your plant just needs less of them.
Always read the directions to prevent fertiliser burn.
Slow release fertilisers can last up to 6 months and releases nutrients into the soil over a period of time.
Chemical fertilisers act fastest. They are made from minerals and have precise ratios and quantities of macro and micro nutrients, so you can have more control on exactly what you’re feeding your plant and control when they receive it.
Organic fertilisers are the most mild of fertilisers. They will have some decaying organism which can mean a bit of a smell, and will have a lower N:P:K ratio. Because they’re organic, you need to make sure they are providing everything your plant needs in terms of macro and micro nutrients, and supplement if its missing anything.
If your plant has a nutrient deficiency – Foliar sprays are a quick fix. Your plant can take in nutrients quicker through the leaves than the roots. Don’t use as an alternative because your plant would not get enough nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus purely through foliar feeding.
Keep it simple..
The market is flooded with fertilisers so I keep it pretty simple.
We stock Plant Runner Indoor plant Food – a special formulation of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (N.P.K), trace elements and seaweed as a superfood your plants will loooove.
It’s almost completely odourless and comes with its own dropper for exact measurements and minimal waste. Each 1ml of Indoor Plant Food dropped into a litre of water. Add the concentrate to your watering can at the correct ratio, and water your plants as usual. No need to add any extra steps to your plant care routine – just add once and water in.