Three Things You Should Do When Buying Plants Online
Okay, so you've stumbled upon this gold mine of plants that is our web store. You're a plant addict (like us), you want them all. Understandable. BUT...you've never ordered plants online before...or maybe you have and it didn't go so well, so you're a little nervous. We get it, we've been there. No one wants to order a new plant friend in the mail just to (accidentally) kill it upon arrival. There's no need to worry though- after reading this, you'll have all the information you need to keep your new leafy pal happy and healthy!
Before you even order, you can greatly increase your plants' chances of survival by educating yourself. When something catches your eye, give it a quick google or look up care requirements on our Plant Care page to see if you can meet your plants needs. The two main things that need to be taken into consideration before purchasing are how much light the plant needs and how often it needs to be watered.
As soon as you receive your plant, un-box and unwrap everything! Your little buddy has made a long journey and needs air, water and sunlight! To ensure an easy transition for your plant into your home, place your plant where you plan to keep it, make sure it's got access to enough sunlight and that the temperature is suitable (temperature should only be an issue when you're in a particularly cold or snowy area, keep away from drafts if you purchase your plant in the winter!) Leave the the plant inside the pot your received it in for at least 10 days (up to a few weeks if you’re in no hurry) to allow it to adjust and recover from the stress endured during travel. Keep soil moist, but do not over-water.
After the 10 day adjustment period, you can finally re-pot your new plant! This step plays a crucial part in your successful plant parenthood adventure. When removing your plant from it's original pot, be sure to break up the roots to allow them to come in contact with more soil and water rather than the potting soil. If possible, after breaking up the roots, spread them horizontally to give them room to spread out and breathe. When choosing a container, it's recommended to go up a size in volume so your plant has room to grow. Also be sure that your new container has appropriate drainage to avoid overly moist soil and root rot. After transplanting, be sure to water well over the next week or so (especially in warmer climates) as re-potting as can be stressful on plants.
See? With this all of this helpful information, buying plants online isn't so scary. You're set up for success as long as you follow these few simple instructions. So what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!