Some general questions and answers concerning your plants.

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When a plant is either to dry or too wet, when it gets either too much sunlight or too little, it has stress. Just like human beings, when a plant is stressed, it is more susceptible to insects and diseases. It is important to take good care of your plants and to get informed on how to do that for a particular species. Check for special advice under the heading 'plants'. There are some general rules: when a plant is too dry, for example, it is easily attacked by red spider mites. Sudden or prolonged moisture can cause the roots to rot, so that the plant is no longer able to absorb any water. There are many factors that influence your plants’ health and wellbeing. But sometimes… there is nothing you can do. Some plants at some point are done blossoming or growing, and they are past their prime. Then you shop for some exciting new plants.

What could be the matter when you find that your plant’s leaves start to droop or turn yellow while you believe that the soil has always been sufficiently moist or wet? It could be that you are somewhat overenthusiastic in taking care of your plants. When you water them too much or irregularly, they will drown. Roots are in need not only of water, but of oxygen as well. When you pour too much water in your plant pots, there will not be enough air in the soil in order to provide the roots sufficiently with oxygen. This way the roots will stop absorbing the water and the leaves will turn yellow or start to droop. Or it could be that the roots have started to rot. Check for water at the bottom of the pot, and dispose of it. Do not water the plant until you find the soil has dried out a little. You might be lucky and your plant might recover. Sometimes when there is too much harm done, they won’t flourish anew. In that case it might be time for a new plant.

Daffodils do very well in the garden and in containers. They are a winter crop and can withstand cold conditions. Plant them where they get morning sun and afternoon shade.

That depends on the species of the plant. Look under the heading ‘plants’ and click on the Plantimex plant you have either bought or got as a present.

As a general rule orchids should be repotted every one to two years. The main reasons for repotting orchids are to replace the media the orchid is growing in, and if the orchid has outgrown its current container or if the media starts to smell unpleasant.

Orchids should be repotted while they are in their resting phase every one to two years. The main reason to repot is to replace the media the orchid is growing in because it is decomposing and no longer provides adequate drainage. If you discover bugs or pests in your media, it is time to replace it with fresh new media. Repotting an orchid while in full bloom will most likely result in premature flower loss.

To thrive, Phalaenopsis orchids need plenty of bright but indirect light. Overexposure to direct sunlight can damage orchid leaves, causing dehydration and sunburn which can result in premature bloom drop. During the summer, a curtain creates enough of a buffer to prevent sun damage; but these hardy orchids will also thrive if displayed in the interior of a bright room or under the bright artificial light common in most office settings.

No, but remember that ornamental plants are for decoration only, not for consumption! Plants are actually healthy and benevolent to human beings and to animals. See articles on 'Healthy living with plants’ for all kinds of healthy information on plants.

Once every six months should do the trick. Use a water-soluble or liquid fertilizer, and follow the package recommendations to find out how much to use.