The following guide provides general information about caring for your plant based on our many years of personal experience and research. You should always remember that the care of your plant may vary from this guide depending on its positioning in your home or garden. The same plant will have very different watering requirements if it is placed indoors in low light than it will positioned outdoors in full sun. Get to know your plant and do what suits it best.
Cacti and succulents are ideal for Perth’s hot dry summers and temperate winters. However, due to our extreme heat, succulents and cacti will tend to do better in positions of semi-shade or well-lit indoors, rather than full sun in the summer months. Succulents and cacti require minimal care and most prefer to dry out between watering. In summer, water 1-2 times per week by pouring water evenly into the pot until it drains - do this twice. Spray smaller, shallow rooted plants with a mister.
In winter, water only when your plant is dry, approximately 1-2 times per fortnight. If your succulent or cacti is indoors make sure that it is placed outdoors at least once a month for 2-3 days for some fresh air and sunlight.
Air plants need no soil and do best when they are protected from direct sunlight and frosts and have good air movement. Spray or dunk air plants in water two to three times a week in summer and once per week in winter. Spray approximately once per month with a liquid fertilizer (spring to summer) using a 1:3 ratio of fertilizer to water.
Grow orchids outdoors in a sheltered, shady position or indoors in a well-lit position; keep your orchid damp but not wet and reduce the watering in winter. Remove the flower at the node when finished and repot or divide using a medium-sized orchid mix. Feed with a light sprinkling of organic slow release fertilizer pellets about every six weeks.
If you want to have pot plants inside in low light, the following indoor plants are recommended:
• String of pearls
• English ivy
• Staghorn fern
• Devils ivy (poisonous to pets)
• Mother-in-laws tongue/snake plant
• Ponytail palm
• Haworthia (Zebra cactus)
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