Why Should I Have A Routine?
Although we do, you don’t have to eat, sleep, and breathe all things plants but having a good routine that is manageable will help you keep on top of your plant's needs. Although a routine is good, your plants won't instantly die if you break your routine every now and then so you don’t have to follow this advice religiously, but it can be a good starting point.
And remember, the best routine is one that works for you!
Your daily routine should be based on observations; making mental notes to help with weekly and monthly routines.
- Spot browning or dying leaves
- Look out for pests
- Monitor moisture levels
- Look out for ideal propagation candidates
This isn’t to say that if you spot something you shouldn’t act. For instance, if you see a plant drooping over you can check its soil and give it water if it needs it. However, these are generally just things that don’t need your immediate attention and you can make a mental note of them for when you have the time.
Watering is ideal to do once a week, especially in summer. In the colder months, you can prolong this to fortnightly. Once a week on our days off we like to spend some time making sure every plant in the house has been watered. Remember, only water plants which need it. For more advice on how to tell if your plant needs watering check our post HERE. It’s also a good time to sort out those mental notes you made throughout the week if you didn’t have time.
Your monthly check-in is a great time to sort all your big plant maintenance jobs. Saving the larger jobs for a monthly plant care day is more manageable. Some of the things you could do Monthly could be:
- Removing any dead or browning leaves
- Wiping down leaves to help with dust build-up and pests
- Repotting plants that are outgrowing their home
- Split or take cuttings for propagations
- Try new locations for plants that are struggling
Sometimes we might take all of our plants, and pop them in the shower for a good clean and soak! If you pop all your plants in the shower you can rinse down the leaves and water them at the same time. You also don’t have to worry too much about the mess, as you can just rinse everything away. Remember to only do this with plants that have drainage holes in their pot!
If you have your own tips, tricks, or even a question then let us know.
We are always looking for new info to help us look after our plant friends the best we can!