Lillith Plant Shop turned 1 over the summer (yay!) and over the past year we have worked with numerous clients, held workshops, and provided countless plant care recommendations for the DC plant loving community. After meeting, talking, and DMing with so many of you, I compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
Q. My plant’s leaves are yellowing. Help!
A. Well first of all did you water it? So many times I get questions about a “dying” plant and when I ask about the watering, it’s either a sprinkle of water whenever they remember or Niagra Falls everyday. Yellow leaves could mean many things but first make sure you are watering adequately for the plant and the amount of light it is getting. Depending on the plant, checking the soil and the root system will give you the answer. But, if you think you’re doing that part just right, be sure to check for pests. My arch nemesis, the spidermite, is known for sucking the life out of my favorite plant babies and leaving a yellow flimsy leaf in its wake. One of those are surely the culprit.
Q. My plants have brown edges no matter how I adjust the watering and the lighting. How do I fix it?
A. As much as we LOVE our exotic plant babies, they are not native to the frigid temps or the dry heat of northeastern states. That said, many plants like Calatheas often exhibit brown edges when there isn’t enough humidity. Brown edges could also be a symptom of sensitivity to tap water. Some of my persnickety plants like Dracaenas do not like tap water and will let you know by endless crispy edges and relentless angled clippings to hide the fact that you’ve chopped off half the plant blade. You are not alone. Add some humidity to your space with a humidifier. Switch to distilled water for the sensitive ones.
Q. What plants don’t need light?
A. That’s literally the question. Put exactly like that. Answer: Artificial.
Q. How do I care for Fiddle Leaf Figs?
A. I could go into the particular needs of this popular ficus, but it’s often so hard to explain how much it’s trial and error with this one. One day it’s thriving and the next day the leaves are crispy and embarrassing. 10/10 would not recommend for the plant novice. Stick to the Bird of Paradise, Palm, or Philodendron and work your way there. I can help with that.
Q. How do you repot your plant?
A. Take it out of one pot and place it in another. I’m kidding. When thinking about repotting your plant, try to aim for March - October. This is the best time to avoid shock - we all suffer when it’s cold. Get a pot about two inches larger than the last and for the love of all things holy, put it in a pot with holes!
I hope you had a chuckle while reading this and I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
Feel free to send any more questions my way and I’ll continually add to this list of candid answers. If your plants need a health check, rehab, or repotting, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your consultation.