GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR BIG PLANTS

 

TODAY!

It should be easier than you think. Forget all that magical green thumb stuff. Gardening is like every other skill set: you just have to learn the basics, and keep on trial & error...

On the first day you receive the plants, we suggest you need to immediately water it on the same day,as the plants are just newly repotted with dry soil.

 

  • Don't put the plant under the direct sunlight on the first day before your very first watering. The plant will get more and more thirsty. You should get it watered first before putting it under the sun. 

  • If you water it after a few days, the plant may feel thirsty and be not as healthy as earlier. ( We've seen a few cases where the clients didn't water it for the first few days and put it with direct sunlight, the plants would turn droopy and unhealthy).

 

Suggested First Time Watering Amount for your big plants as a Reference - 

Please note that below are just reference for Indoor plants. 

  • ​25-26cm diameter ceramic pot :

       For plants prefer moist condition (such as Birds of Paradise and Monstera)

                      - you can use 600ML - 800ML as the starting point for your plant for testing. 

       For plants prefer dry condition (such as Snake Plant and Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

                       - you can use 300ML - 400ML as the starting point.

  • 30-33cm diameter ceramic pot: 

       For plants prefer moist condition  - 1.2 Litre -1.5 Litre or more as the starting point or water it thoroughly where you can see water coming out from the pot the next day

       For plants prefer dry condition     -  600ML - 800ML as the starting point

  • 40-45cm diameter ceramic pot:

       For plants prefer moist condition - 1500ML - 2 Litre as the starting point

       For plants prefer dry condition     -  800ML - 1L as the starting point

Please note that this first time watering after repotting should be more than the usual watering amount.​ Please water the plant slowly, don't rush.

​For Outdoor Plants - 

Please note that if you put the plants outdoor, please see the above reference as the starting point.  We suggest you to water the plant thoroughly until you see there is water leaking from the bottom ( you can water the plant based on the reference water amount above, if after 5 minutes you still can't see the water coming out in the saucer, you can continue to water until you see it).

From your 2nd time watering onwards:

 

For Indoor Plants, you may need to use 200-300ML lower compared to the first time, and perform the chopstick testing. you can insert chopsticks into the soil for 10-15cm depth to see inside the soil if it is dry.

For Outdoor plants. 

 - You can insert chopsticks into the soil for 2-5cm depth to see inside the soil if it is dry. (this as the water evaporated fast in the outdoor spaces, esp under half sun and full sun conditions).  

-  If your outdoor space doesn't have direct sunlight (such as north facing), you can check the soil condition for 5-8cm depth to determine if the soil has been dry.

 - Once it is dry inside, it is time to water. 

 - Please water the plant thoroughly again, which means you need to water the plant until you see water coming out from the bottom. (not applied to snake plant)

-  Note - During rainy days, please remember to clean up the unwanted standing water to prevent mosquitoes breeding and roots rotten. If it is heavy rainy days or typhoon days, we suggest you to move the plants indoors.

Please do adjust the watering frequency and watering amount based on your chopstick testing to find out the optimal answers for your plant!

Please refer to below how to perform the chopstick testing to determine the watering frequency and watering amount. 

https://www.greenituphk.com/watering-instructions-123

In terms of how to water the plants, please see below instructions to ensure an overall watering –

https://www.greenituphk.com/watering-instructions-123

You can feel free to use the fertilizers. Please see below instructions:

https://www.greenituphk.com/fertilizing-instructions

Other Useful Tips:

  • Phototropism

   - You may find out your plants may be leaning towards one​ side over time due to phototropism. 

   - In order to let your plant grow in a more evenly height / shape, we suggest you to rotate the pot by 90 degree every 1 to 2 weeks' time. 

  • Saucer filtered with water after watering

   -  Please clean up the unwanted standing water in the saucer

   -  This is important to prevent mosquitoes breeding in the water

   -  More importantly, it will help to prevent root rotten in a long run. (As the water can't be drained out, the root will be rotten over time). So you should always check that the saucer is empty an hour or so after watering.

   - If you have the plants in outdoor, please remember to clean up the saucer after rain.

  • Leaves Clean-up

   - You may already spray the leaves everyday to help remove the dust and ash. But this is not enough.​

   - We suggest you to clean up the leaves by applying damp tissues/ cloths to clean up the leaves once a month.

   - Please gently wipe and remove the dust on the leaves. This will help to prevent illness for the plant as a result of more dust accumulated on the leaves

   - Please take note :

1. This generally applies to most indoor plants except snake plants

2. Please use the damp issue / cloth without any aroma & chemicals for the clean-up. We suggest to use toilet paper.

3. After you use the damp tissue/ cloth for the clean-up, don't put the plant under direct sunlight until the leaves are totally dried up, otherwise the leaves may be scorched under direct sunlight. 

  • Dehumidifier, Heater and Air Conditioning

- If there is dehumidifier and heater in your spaces, we suggest you to move it to be somewhere not to be in the same area with the plants​

- Both of them dried up the water from the plant quickly. You need to spray more water to the leaves to increase humidity for the leaves and frequently check the soil condition. You may expect some yellow and brown leaves tips if you have them turned on if you put them in the same area with your plants. 

- Air conditioning is relatively better, but still it will evaporate the water faster. We suggest you to have a more frequent mist / spray to the leaves in order to maintain the humidity.