It is always better to under-water than over-water. Don’t drown your plants!


  • Let the soil dry completely between waterings. You can test this in a few different ways: use your finger to test the soil; use a wooden skewer (leave for a minute and then take out to see level of moisture); or see how heavy the pot is (as you live with your plant you’ll get a sense of how heavy the pot is with water and without).

  • Pots with drainage holes: Place your plants in a sink and run water for 10 to 15 second once a week or every two weeks.

  • Pots without drainage holes: Water in small amounts (a few ounces) at the base of the plants about once a week.

  • Rotate your plants to help them grow more evenly.

  • If your plant looks off color or “bleached” it may be receiving too much light.

  • If your plant looks like it’s stretching toward the light it is receiving too little light. Transition it slowly to an area with more light.

  • If your plant is outdoors, it will be happiest in an area with direct sun during the day, but shade in the late afternoon. Water your outdoor plant more frequently in the hot summer months - once a week instead of once every 2 weeks.

  • If the plant stem starts turning yellow, that is a sign that it is nitrogen deprived. Time for fertilizer!

  • Coral cactus: This plant is very sensitive to over-watering. Err on the side of less water.


  • These plants can take more moisture and humidity. They do not like drafts!

  • If the plant is in a more low light/more humid location, it can take less watering.

  • If the plant is in a more bright/hot/dry location, it will want more watering.

  • Staghorn fern: If the antler fronds begin to brown or blacken at the base, this is a sign of over-watering. Reduce watering to once a month until plant shows signs of recovery. If the antler fronds begin to brown at the tips or wilt, this is a sign of under-watering. Increase watering as needed.

  • Prayer plant: Keep the plant moist but not saturated.

  • Rubber plant: Allow the plant to dry out between waterings.

Enjoy your new friends!

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