CARE

Terrarium Care Instructions

(Mist once a week) +Indirect sunlight

Xtra Small Globe/Tear Drop/Orchid Globe: 2-4 mists

Small/Medium Globe: 4-6 mists

Large Globe/Small Cut Bowl: 6-8 mists


 

Bonsai Tree Basic Care Instructions

Watering

Bonsai tree care includes proper watering. Once a week, immerse your bonsai in water until the bubbles stop reaching the surface. Doing so, assures top to bottom watering and lets the pot and soil soak up their maximum holding capacity.

Do not use too much water pressure as this can blast soil out of pots; be sure to get an adjustable spray nozzle to allow for different needs or simply use a watering can.

Don’t just water the soil. All parts of a bonsai plant absorb water to some degree; 35% of the water intake for a plant doesn’t involve the root system at all. Washing off the foliage is important as it keeps dust and pollutants from clogging stomata or breathing holes in the plant’s leaves.

Soil

Using the correct soil is a crucial step in bonsai tree care and ensures your bonsai stays strong and healthy. When looking for bonsai soil, you must look for two things. First you must check that the soil you choose will retain water properly and absorb nutrients from the air around it. The second quality that you should look for in bonsai soil is drainage – if the soil retains too much moisture then the roots will be prone to rotting.

Pruning

The tree and the pot form a single harmonious unit where the shape, texture, and color of one compliments the other. It is not enough just to plant a tree in a pot and allow nature to take its course – the result would look nothing like the traditional bonsai tree. The tree must be shaped.

Remove any branches that clutter the chosen style and obstruct the basic design. Then, prune to redirect growth – pruning of branches is usually performed in spring and a lot of the new growth is removed.

Light

All bonsai trees need light. The amount of natural or artificial light required to produce optimal results varies with each species of bonsai. If your bonsai flourishes better outdoors, pick a spot that provides six or more hours of sunlight. Indoor bonsai need two to four hours of natural light near a window, or artificial light. Always check your bonsai care sheets for details on the ideal places for your bonsai to thrive.


 

Orchid Care Instructions

Watering

Many people make the mistake of assuming that since orchids are native to tropical rainforests, they must be watered several times a week. Unfortunately, watering this frequently will kill the roots of any orchid in short order. The general rule of thumb for orchids grown in the home is to water every 5 to 12 days, depending on the type of orchid, the temperature the plant is grown in, and the time of year. During the warm summer months when days are long, more frequent watering is required than in the cooler, shorter days of winter.

Fertilizing

Be sure to use an orchid food that is formulated for orchids and follow the instructions on the label. In general, most orchid fertilizers recommend usage once a month. Less frequent fertilizing may stunt growth and inhibit flowering; more frequent fertilizing may burn the roots and leaves and inhibit flowering. For complete step-by-step instructions on how to feed your orchids, click here.
Be sure to use an orchid food that is formulated for orchids and follow the label instructions. In general, most orchid fertilizers recommend use once a month. Less frequent fertilizing may stunt growth and inhibit flowering, more frequent fertilizing may burn the roots and leaves and inhibit flowering.

Light

Generally speaking, the leaves should be bright green rather than dark green. Dark green indicates too little light while reddish green indicated too much light. Those orchids requiring higher light intensities, such as cattleyas, dendrobiums and oncidiums, should be placed in a south or west facing window, but be sure to protect the leaves from the hot mid-day sun with sheer curtains or move the plants back from the window on hot summer days. Miltonias, phalaenopsis and paphiopedilums prefer lower light intensities and should be located further away from the window or placed in a window facing east or north.