You've received your plants! Now what?
Hey there, fellow plant parent!
Congratulations on receiving your first order of Plant Babies! We are excited to have you join our community of green thumbs who are passionate about growing native edible plants.
Now, before you dive into planting these little guys, there are a few things you need to know to ensure they thrive in their new home. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started:
Give your Plant Babies a good soak:
When you receive your Plant Babies, they may have been traveling for a little while, so they may be feeling a bit thirsty. The first thing you need to do is give them a good soak in water. Fill a container with room temperature water and gently submerge the entire plant, roots and all. Let them soak for a few minutes, then take them out and let them drain for a little while. Don't worry if you see some yellow leaves or if they look a little droopy, this is perfectly normal.
Don't expose your Plant Babies to too much sunlight:
Native edible plants are tough cookies, but they still need some TLC. When you first receive your Plant Babies, they will need to be gradually introduced to sunlight. Start them off in a bright, but shaded area for the first week or so, and then slowly move them into more direct sunlight over time. Too much sun too soon can damage their delicate leaves and cause them to wilt.
Water your Plant Babies regularly:
Your Plant Babies need to be watered regularly, but don't overdo it. Overwatering can cause root rot, which can be fatal for your plants. Check the soil every few days by sticking your finger about an inch deep into the soil. If it feels dry, it's time to water. Remember, different plants have different water requirements, so make sure you do your research on each plant's needs.
Even the most experienced plant parents can run into problems. If you notice any issues with your Plant Babies, such as yellow leaves or wilting, don't panic. Here are a few things you can do:
- Check the soil: If the soil is too wet, let it dry out for a few days before watering again. If the soil is too dry, give your Plant Babies a good soak in water.
- Check for pests: Pests such as aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs can cause damage to your plants. If you notice any, use a natural insecticide or neem oil to get rid of them.
- Check for diseases: Diseases such as fungal infections can be caused by overwatering or poor drainage. Make sure your plants have good drainage and avoid getting water on the leaves.
Remember, each plant is unique and requires different care, so make sure you do your research (here's a link to all of our care guides) and provide them with the love and attention they need. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us, we are always here to help.