Naomi de Bruijne and Marije Franken, plant doctors and owners of Plantenasiel Haarlem, know all about it. Every week they patch up plants from people who have misguided the care of the plant. That is why Marije lists 5 plants with instructions for use that can die from the following errors or diseases.
1. Sansevieria zeylanica
The Sansevieria is also called the “student plant” because “it seems impossible to kill it. Yet this also sometimes goes wrong, because people even “take a little too well of it”. “The only death he can get is from too much water. Then the core will rot and you will no longer be able to get it to work. When in doubt, do not water! ”
This is how you take care of the Sansevieria zeylanica
- Light: make sure the plant is in a place where it receives a lot to medium light, but also in direct sunlight it does well.
- Water: water the plant once every 2 weeks in spring and summer, and a lot less in winter, namely only once every 6-8 weeks.
- Spraying: not necessary.
- Plant nutrition: once a month in spring / summer, in extra diluted quantity.
2. Calathea medallion
The Calathea medallion is a popular plant with beautiful leaf markings. Although the care is not very complicated, this plant regularly suffers from ailments. “The plant is unfortunately very sensitive to bugs, especially thrips.” Is your Calathea not doing so well and you just can’t figure out what’s going on? Take a look under the sheet to see if something is running. Take a closer look, because the bugs can be so tiny that they are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. Fortunately, Marije has a solution: “Spray the plant every week with a mineral spirits green soap solution and keep repeating this until the bugs have disappeared.”
This is how you take care of the Calathea medallion
- Light: do not place the Calathea medallion in direct sunlight, but rather in a shady spot.
- Water: Water the plant once a week.
- Spraying: the plant likes a moist environment, so spraying is a plus.
- Nutrition: give the plant some plant food once a month in spring / summer.
3. Ficus benjamina
“This is another plant that often never looks as beautiful as when you bought it. It is therefore a bit of a diva. The plant releases its leaves very quickly, especially if it is standing somewhere it does not agree with. He doesn’t like drafts and doesn’t like it when he’s moved. ” In addition, the plant is also very sensitive to spider mites. “Weekly spraying with water helps prevent this.”
This is how you take care of the Ficus benjamina
- Light: put the plant in a light spot and let the plant get used to direct sunlight. Don’t move it, or move it as little as possible. So there is a good chance that it will drop a lot of leaves after purchase.
- Water: water the plant once a week. The soil can be slightly moist.
- Nutrition: give the plant plant food once a month in the spring / summer.
- Spraying: Spraying once a week is recommended.
4. Phlebodium areum (Blue Fern)
“Ferns always look very nice in the shop, but they often do not survive well in the Dutch living room climate. The problem is usually the (low) humidity and the location. That is why they do well in the bathroom, provided it has a window.
This is how you take care of the Phlebodium areum
- Light: place this plant in a shady spot and especially not in direct sunlight!
- Water: water the plant once or twice a week.
- Nutrition: this is not necessary, but in the spring / summer it is allowed no more than once a month.
- Spraying: this makes the plant very happy.
5. Zamioculcas zamiifolia (zz plant)
“We often see this plant being brought into our plant shelter. Usually the stems of the Zamioculcas hang just like this plant, while they should actually stand straight up. But don’t worry, this plant can handle that very well and will not die in the short term. Yet it does say something about the state of the plant. The moment you see this you can intervene. The problem in this case is almost always too much water. So reduce your watering and you will see that the plant quickly produces new shoots that do stand up nicely. ”
This is how you take care of the Zamioculcas zamiifolia
- Light: put the plant in a light spot
- Water: water the plant once every two weeks in the spring / summer and only once a month in the fall / winter.
- Nutrition: in spring / summer you can give the plant plant food once a month.
- Pay attention: do not use hydro granules with this plant. After all, no water should remain at the bottom of the pot.