plant care

All plants need some form of care, be it big or small... 

Just like humans, a bit of food, water and support from a loved one is all plants really need to stay alive and be healthy and happy. If you can look after yourself, you can look after a plant, it's really that simple! 

All green+co plants come with easy to understand, simple guides that tell you or your gift recipient exactly how to keep your green things, well... green. 

Our guides tell you what your plant needs in the most simple way - high, medium or low. No fancy 'gardenista' speak that doesn't make sense, just the basics because that's really all you need.

All our plants are potted in high-grade nursery pots then placed in decorative pots, planters or baskets. The reason we don't plant directly into the decorative pots is for ease of watering and moving (ever watered a plant and everything came out the drainage hole onto your floor? Yep, us too. Hence the pot inside a pot!). .

SUNNY, SUN, SUN - a plant needs to be able to see some light, even if it has low light requirements. It's also the amount of light that each plant needs that determines where you put it. As an example, a Snake Plant (Mother-in-law's tongue or Sansevieria) is a high light plant that is best in, or very close to, a sunny position. A ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) however, needs just a little bit of light and does well in a darker spot - if it's in direct sunlight like the Snake Plant, it's leaves will easily burn and it will just stop lovin' ya. 

HIGH: Plant needs lots of light, either near a window or in a bright room (or even outside)
MID: Somewhere that isn't in the sun all day but still is in a reasonably well-lit position (e.g. a room with a window that might have a curtain or blind on it)
LOW: Rooms with little light or offices/spaces not near a window. Do note that even low light plants need to see some light at some point (photosynthesis and all that). Low doesn't mean 'no'...

H2O - a similar rule applies to watering plants. They all need it, but at different times and in varying levels. One of the biggest causes of killing a plant is 'wet feet' which means your guy's been over watered. It's actually better to under-water a plant (which you'll notice because the leaves may droop or the soil feels dry). A great way to remember how and when to water something is to do it once a week, on the same day, at roughly the same time.

Don't know how much water to give them? Again, use the above rule - it's better to give them a little less than too much. Get yourself a little watering can (one that looks good so you can keep it on display somewhere to remind you to water your plants) and simply go by the size of the plant e.g. small plant - small amount of water, large plant - large amount of water. Oh, and humans like tea and coffee, but plants don't! Don't pour the last of your cuppa in the pot, trust us, it won't end well...

If you're really unsure as to whether your plant needs water or not, an easy test is to put the top half of your finger into the soil and if it's dry, then give it some good 'ol H20.

HIGH: Once a week, about a litre (that's a big milk carton)
MID: Once a week, about half a litre
LOW: Once a week, about 1-2 cups max.

TO FERTILISE OR NOT TO FERTILISE - that is the question. While it is recommended you do fertilise your plants at some point throughout the year, it's not the end of the world if you don't. Many a plant has lived without being fertilised and if you keep up the care in other ways (water, light, pruning, etc.) your green guys should stay green. Of course, giving them a little helping hand is never a bad thing so if you do want to go the extra mile and give them some soul food, just make sure you get the right food for the right plant. Not sure what that is? Ask the friendly staff at your local nursery/Bunnings and they'll be sure to point you in the right direction. 

HONEY, I KILLED THE PLANT - we know people lead busy lives and sometimes forget the rules (come on, we've all done it), so if your plant needs some extra TLC, get in touch with us. In most cases, if we can determine that the little guy's still kickin and just needs a helping hand, we may be able to offer you some tips on how to bring it back to life (no CPR skills required, promise).