Plant Goals Glossary + Care Tips
At the bottom of every plant product page, you'll see a "know your plant" section with some pointers to get you started. Find your pointers below and dive in!
Bright Indirect Light
This is a term we use a lot because almost all houseplants can rock this type of lighting. This Is light that is bright, of course, but not blazing on your plant all day. If you hold your hand up and it casts a very sharp shadow, you're probably dealing with direct light. If the shadow is a little softer, you're probably in the indirect zone.
Examples of bright indirect light: A southern window and your plants are a few feet back from sun, an east facing window which gets a little direct in the morning and fades as the day goes by, a west facing window which has a mellow light in the morning and nice bright afternoon sunshine.
This is the most amount of light in our lighting categories. Plants in this category would like at least some of their day spent with full sunshine. Southern exposure, close to the window where the rays of sun cast a crisp shadow, is a perfect example of direct light. Desert plants want plenty of light and are used to not being shaded. Plants in our direct light category may also be happy with bright indirect light most of the day and direct for part, so be sure to read each plant description for more details.
For Experienced Plant Parents
Some plants are a little moodier or more particular than others. The plants in this section need fairly specific care to keep them happy -- they're not necessarily difficult, but you really don't want to wing it. Be sure to do some extra reading up on these fellas!
For Plant Killers
These plants are perfect for folks who consider themselves plant killers or for anyone who is just getting started and wants to try something easy! These plants don't need much fuss or muss to keep them happy.
Plants with this tag need a higher level of humidity than your average home provides on its own. You will need to augment with a humidifier and/or frequent spritzing/misting. Be sure to use lukewarm water when you spritz your plants and keep these plants far away from heat vents or AC units. Keeping a hygrometer nearby is a great way to keep track. Plants in this category will suffer greatly without high humidity, so this isn't a factor you want to ignore.
Plants in this category are either happier with low light, or can tolerate it. For example, a fern would prefer to hang out in medium to lower light, while a snake plant would love bright indirect, but can handle low light just fine. Low light does not mean no light. No windows? No way :) You'll want to supplement with some grow lights.
These plants are generally considered to be safe for cats and dogs. Be sure to do your research before bringing home any plant. Our favourite resource is the ASPCA's Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List.
If a plant vessel on our website is listed as a pot, this means it has drainage and you can plant your plants right into it. If your pot has drainage but does not come with a drip tray, you can purchase a clay saucer or vinyl drip tray to match the size.
If a plant vessel on our website is listed as a potcover, this means it does not have drainage and is used as a decorate cover or cachepot. You can place your plants in their nursery pots directly inside. More experienced plant owners may choose to plant directly into a potcover, but we do not recommend this for anyone who isn't well versed in plant care.
How To Check Soil Moisture
Push a chopstick or popsicle stick into the soil in the centre of the pot. Pretend you're baking brownies -- if it comes out with crumbs ie. bits of moist soil, don't water yet. If it comes out dry with very little soil stuck to it, it's likely time to water. (This holds true for plants that like to dry between watering -- if you are watering a fern, calathea, etc. you don't need to check that the soil has dried enough. For plants that like to be consistently moist, aim to have damp but not soggy soil.)
How To Water Thoroughly
Using lukewarm water, slowly pour water in a circular motion, starting at the centre and moving to the outside. Keep going until you see water flowing freely from the drainage holes in the bottom of your pot. Set your plant somewhere to drain then place it back where it lives. If you are watering it in place (ie. where it sits in your house) be sure to empty the tray or potcover that it is draining into so it never sits in standing water.