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GENERAL CARE GUIDELINES FOR YOUR (SHIPPED) HOUSEPLANTS
TRANSIT SHOCK: Some plants may exhibit mild TRANSIT SHOCK following shipping and many need a few days or weeks of TLC to recover to their full color and vitality. Don't be alarmed.
DEEP WATERING: The vast majority of indoor plants do much better planted in containers with drain holes where they can be watered deeply and thoroughly. Use ordinary tap water, filtered tap water, or preferably — especially if your tap water is very high in chlorine or chloramine — pure/distilled water. Adequate watering is achieved when excess water drains out from the drain hole in the planter (into a sink or a plastic drip tray). This 'deep watering' encourages healthy, deep roots and avoids the inconvenience and hassle of frequent, light waterings and the risks of overwatering. (Most houseplants can tolerate UNDERwatering more than OVERwatering.) Usually, after a deep watering, your plant can be left alone for several days (one to two weeks, typically) for the soil to dry out a bit before the next deep watering. Deep waterings have the added benefit of flushing out detrimental buildups of dissolved minerals from tap water and residue from water-soluble fertilizers. And planters with drain holes help prevent root rot (potted plants DO NOT like wet feet).
LIGHTING: Houseplants generally prefer medium to bright indirect light, but no direct sun.
FERTILIZING: Most houseplants require little, if any, fertilization. Too much fertilizer can cause excessive leaf growth and 'nutrient burn' (google it).
VENTILATION: Consider locating your indoor plants in well ventilated areas with lots of fresh, moving air. They will struggle (and mold will thrive) in musty locations where the air is stagnant and stale.
LOVE: Ideally, choose a location that you visit frequently throughout the day where your houseplants will get your attention on a daily basis; for it is said that houseplants that are acknowledged and loved grow faster, healthier, and happier!
And finally, get familiar with how to best care for your specific plants: