Plant Care

        Having indoor plants does not have to be challenging or time-consuming! 

 

        Our troubleshooting guide addresses common issues plant-owners encounter, and the basics of plant ownership.

 

Sun Requirements

Requires only two hours or less of direct sun.

Full Shade

Requires 4-6 hours of sun.

May be able to handle some afternoon sun

Partial Sun

Partial Shade

4-6 hours of sun.

Prefers morning sun and may need protection from the afternoon sun.

At least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Prefers afternoon sun.

Full Sun

Plant Care Tips

  • The terms "afternoon sun" and "morning sun" are actually referring to the rise in surface temperatures throughout the day as a result of the ground and buildings absorbing heat from the sun.  The sun does not radiate more heat in the afternoon, nor is the UV index higher.

  • Dappled sunlight can be beneficial for plants that do not do well in the afternoon sun or direct sunlight!

    • This is meant to replicate sunlight being filtered through the canopy of a forest.​

 

Yellowing and Browning

Plant Care Tips

  • A good place to start when diagnosing your plant is to look at the climate it originated in.  This information is provided with each pre-potted plant offered by ModPot

  • Although relocating a houseplant could correct some issues, be cautious of sacrificing other conditions your plant prefers, such as sunlight and temperature!

  • *Certain plants should not be misted because they are prone to infection or mold! 

Browning on Tips and Edges

This is often caused by dry air.  Try regularly misting your plant* with water or moving it to a more humid area, like the bathroom!

Leaves may yellow and fall off naturally as a sign of old age.

Yellowing in young leaves can be caused by over or under watering, too much sun, a cold draft, or pests!

Yellowing Leaves

If browning occurs where the light is directly hitting the plant, it is likely a result of sunburn!  Try relocating your plant to a spot where it will receive less direct sunlight

Brown "Burnt" Spots

Often caused by high temperature, high humidity, or poor air circulation!

Bacterial Leaf Spots

To visit Clemson University's Home and Garden Information Center for a comprehensive list of houseplant diseases, Click Here >

 

Shriveling and Wilting

Wilted/Drooping Leaves

If your plant is otherwise healthy*, then this could be due to over or under watering.

Over-saturated soil can cause shriveled leaves because the roots are unable to receive enough oxygen.

Shriveled Yellow Leaves

Plant Care Tips

  • Poor drainage can cause the roots to rot, even if the top appears dry.  Try checking the soil a full inch or two below the surface to see if it is retaining water!

  • Learn about how ModPot planters provide better drainage than your run-of-the-mill pot!

  • Adding rocks underneath the dirt of your plant can help improve drainage.

 

Indoor Plant Pests

Plant Care Tips

  • Obtaining dirt from outdoors rather than using potting soil is one way bugs may have gotten into a home.

  • Occasionally washing plants with smooth leaves can help deter pests.  

    • To wash a houseplant, lightly clean leaves with a cloth or sponge and warm water, then rinse carefully in the sink.

Change in Shape

Leaves that appear to be misshapen or are cupping may have been snacked on by unwanted visitors.

Change in Texture

Stickiness, shininess, and webbing on leaves are all an indication of pests!

Speckles and Yellowing

Brown spots, yellow spots, and yellowing leaves may mean a plant is hosting critters!

For more thorough information on pest prevention and controlClick Here >

 

Signs of Heat Stress

Leaves Falling Off

A plant may drop leaves due to excessive heat if its water supply is inadequate.  Try giving your plant more water on extra hot days!

Droopy leaves are another sign of a thirsty plant caused by overheating.

Droopy Leaves

Plant Care Tips

  • Keeping your plant too close to a window or draft (such as a vent or door) may cause temperature fluctuations that could be detrimental to its growth.

  • Be sure to account for seasonal temperature fluctuations.

  • Be cautious of over-watering a plant in response to heat stress.

  • Insulating the roots of a plant with mulch or pebbles can help prevent the roots from overheating.

  • Remember that heat rises! If a plant is elevated and is displaying symptoms of heat stress, try moving it to a lower location.

 

Plant Regions

Plant Care Tips

  • A plant's origins are an indicator of the type of potting soil it will do well in!  For example, plants from dry regions prefer large soil particles that allow for greater drainage and airflow!

Continental Regions

These regions often have significant temperature variations seasonally, and account for much of the northern United States!

Plants native to this region include cacti and succulents.  They prefer if you let the dirt dry out completely between waterings!

Dry Regions

Tropical plants thrive in heat and humidity. The Tropical Sub-Regions are; Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Monsoon, and Savannah. 

Tropical Regions

These regions consist of the North and South Poles, and are mostly made of ice! Needless to say, you probably won't have a houseplant from this region.

Polar Regions

This zone is typically warm and humid. These regions have seasons with temperature fluctuations less dramatic than those in Continental Regions.

Temperate Regions

For a complete breakdown of sub-regions provided by the National Weather Service, Click Here >

 

Watering & Soil

Soil Quality

Soil that is dense and does not break apart easily will provide a poor environment for root growth, airflow, and drainage.  It may retain water and lead to root rot, or it may do a poor job retaining water at all.

As mentioned here, droopy leaves may be another sign of a thirsty plant caused by overheating

Droopy Leaves

Plant Care Tips

  • A plant should be watered with about one quarter the volume of the container it's planted in each time.

  • Plants that are exposed to more sun or higher temperatures will require more water than plants in shade or cooler temperatures.

  • Many variables affect how much and how often a plant should be watered, including humidity, location, and time of year.

  • Plants that are in a small container may dry out quickly!

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