Caring for your Jungle
Jungle Pots hand picks top quality houseplants from reputable horticultural growers that are specialists in growing indoor tropical plants.
It is important to know that all our plants have been grown and raised indoors. This gives them the best chance at a long and healthy life as they are already accustomed to an indoor environment.
All the plants we select are super low-maintenance, just following these general instructions it’s hard to go wrong.
More specific instructions for your particular plant are supplied with your plant in the form of a Plant Profile.
There are 4 main things you need to keep in mind when caring for your indoor jungle. Here are some basic, simplified instructions on how to care for your new leafy friends:
Light is a very important part of caring for your indoor plants. There are two things you need to take into account in regards to this- What type of light and how much light.
What type of light?
- Bright or direct light– This refers to natural light from a window. The brightest light will come from a north-facing window.
- Indirect light– Indirect light can come from a light bulb or sunlight that has been filtered through a curtain.
How much light?
- High– These plants will need five or more hours of bright light, preferably within about 3m of a north-facing window.
- Medium– These should be exposed to several hours of bright or indirect light each day. This light can come from a window or from overhead lighting.
- Low– These need very little light. These houseplants do well in rooms that have light but no windows. That being said, low light plants need light of some kind. If a room has no windows and the lights stay off most of the time, the houseplant will not survive.
The general guide for watering is that you should only water if the top inch of the soil feels dry. This will keep most indoor plants happy.
A few houseplants, particularly succulents and cacti, only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry, and a few others may need to be kept constantly moist.
The houseplants that have special watering needs are clearly detailed in their Plant Profile document that comes with your plant. If there are no special instructions for watering, then you can go by the “dry to the touch” rule.
We suggest wiping your leaves with a soft, damp cloth when they look dusty. Check your plants regularly for signs of stress or pests and treat any issues as soon as possible.We also recommend you feed your plant some additional nutrients from time to time in the form of a fertiliser. This will help to keep your plants leaves glossy and green and its growth strong. There are two ways you can feed your indoor plants, with a liquid fertiliser e.g. Seasol or with slow release fertiliser granules e.g. Osmocote.
- Liquid Fertiliser- A liquid fertiliser can be added to the plants water, be sure to check the instructions for the correct dosage and dilute it accordingly. A liquid fertiliser is usually recommended about once a month in warm weather and every two months in cooler weather.
Slow release fertiliser granules-If you want to use slow release fertiliser granules, just sprinkle the recommended dose around the base of the plant every two to three months.
Because a lot of houseplants are actually tropical plants, they generally don’t love extended periods of cold temperatures below about 13 degrees Celsius. Indoor plants do best when kept in rooms that are between 18-21 degrees Celsius. If you find your plants are looking a bit droopy try spritzing the leaves with water next time you are watering and every now and then to increase the humidity.