Plant Care

This is a page that focuses on the actual science and method of raising plants, of how they function, and how to keep them alive (when they’re meant to be).


Growing
Guides

Guides on how to care for different plants at home. These are all plants that I grow or have grown – most of these guides are focused mostly on growing plants in Los Angeles. It’s warmer here than many areas, with milder winters (…except this last one), and strange things can happen. Annuals can become perennials. Cacti can live alongside chrysanthemums.
I hope these guides help you to raise your plants to be happy (and tasty, where applicable)!


Water

Plants need water, there’s no question about it. Some need more than others, certainly. Succulents (and cacti) are a natural feature of the area, and they get by on quite little, through some amazing techniques.

Others, such as the ginkgo tree (my favorite), will hibernate during winter. This cuts down impressively on the water requirements.

Watering a dry olive planter

Flushing the Pot

I’ve had a bad habit of watering my plants every 2 to 3 days – when the top layer of dirt was just starting to dry out. I just never followed proper watering techniques – letting some plants dry out a bit more, flushing the soil, and the like.


Nutrition

Every so often, plants need a multivitamin. They also enjoy probiotics (of a sort) in the soil, which help process nutrients into digestible forms.

If you’re container gardening, this is especially important. You have to perform all the functions of repleneshing the soil that would normally happen in nature. I’ve learned plenty of hard lessons!

A cacti hiding among some succulents

Plants Eat Food, pt 1 – The Big 3

Part 1 of 4. Plants want to gobble up everything they can of 3 key macronutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Here’s what NPK does to plants!

Discarded orchids

Plants Eat Food – Trace elements

Trace elements, partially because of just how little the plants metabolize, are a little tricky to keep track of. Generally, if you’re using compost or manure or rotating your plants, these elements will never be in short supply. That being said, it’s nice to know what’s out there and what these nutrients do for the plant.


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