Tips & Tricks For Caring for Your Rare Plants

Tips & Tricks For Caring for Your Rare Plants

Feeling iffy about whether you're giving the rare plants in your collection the correct care? We've outlined how to keep some of our favorites happy and healthy!

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
aka "Monstera Minima"

Light: Bright filtered light. Rotate your plant every once and awhile so it doesn’t lean toward the light source.

Water: Allow the top 2 - 3 inches to dry out in between watering

Extra tip: Avoid giving excess amounts of water as this plant will be very unhappy and yellow if it is sitting in soggy water

Philodendron Giganteum

Light: Bright filtered light

Water: Allow for their top 2 - 3 inches of soil to dry out between watering

Extra tips: Plant in a pot with a drainage hole with well draining soil. In the correct environment these can grow to be very large.. their leaves can reach up to 4 - 5 feet in length and 2 - 3 feet across.

dischidia ruscifolia million hearts

Light: Bright filtered light

Water: Allow your plant to dry out entirely between watering. In their natural habitat they mostly only receive water through mist and dew so they are happier on the drier side

Extra tips: Dischidia need humidity so we recommend misting daily or place them on a tray of wet pebbles . Eventually these plants will reward you with tiny pink or white flowers.

variegata Hoya Macrophylla

Light: Very bright filtered light. These can handle some direct sun but don’t want to be exposed to direct sun all day long

Water: Allow for the plant to dry out 3/4 of the way between watering

Extra Tips: This is an ideal plant to maintain a watering schedule for, because it is best to underwater than to overwater these guys

peperomia puteolata

Light: Bright filtered light

Water: Allow for the plant to dry out half way between watering

Extra Tips: If you notice your plant is getting leggy it is likely reaching for light. Move closer to the light source and prune back the leggy stem to encourage it to keep it’s shape

philodendron birkin

Light: Very bright filtered light

Water: Keep moist in the summer but allow for the top inch or two to dry out between waterings. You can check how moist their soil is by inserting your index finger into the soil. They love humidity! Mist regularly

Extra tips: These guys are sensitive to the cold or a cold draft, try to keep away from a drafty window

calathea beauty star

Light: Bright filtered light

Water: They require consistent watering and don’t want their soil to dry out much between waterings. We recommend doing frequent light waterings and allowing the soil to consistently feel like a rung out sponge.

Extra Tips: Calathea’s leaves curl up at night, this is totally normal, don’t panic! They will unfurl again in the morning.

Sansevieria Jaboa, sansevieria Yellowstone & sansevieria sayuri

Light: Low - Medium/bright Light. Sansevieria can adjust to many different lighting conditions and are especially popular because they can survive in minimal lighting situations

Water: Water every 4 - 8 weeks depending on the size of your Sansevieria. They want to dry out completely between waterings. If you notice that your foliage is leggy and drooping that is a sign that it is being overwatered. It is best to underwater than to overwater this plant

Extra tips: Sansevieria prefer to be snug in their pot and root bound. Repotting your Sansevieria annually or even bi-annually is unnecessary

calathea vittata

Light: Bright filtered light, through a curtain or in a spot where it receives no direct sun rays

Water: Keep moist, but never soggy. Use small amounts of water, frequently to prevent the soil from becoming soggy. They are sensitive so using distilled water is best (or let a glass of tap water sit out over night before pouring onto it's soil)

Extra tips: If you see browning on the tips of the leaves, that can be caused from too much sun hitting their leaves or from too harsh of water

Philodendron Narrow

Light: Bright filtered light, through a curtain or in a spot where it receives no direct sun rays. They can adjust to a moderately lit room but would require slightly less water

Water: They like consistent watering but allow their soil to dry out slightly between waterings. We recommend lifting the pot and feeling how heavy or light the pot is to determine if your plant needs more water

Extra tips: Similar to Calathea's, these are sensitive to tap water. Use distilled water if possible or let your water sit out overnight

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