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What to do when your outdoor plants arrive?

Caring for your plants

There are a few things to do when your new plants arrive. We've pulled together a handy checklist for you to run through. Remember; if you're worried about managing any issues yourself, we have a 14-day return policy on our plants.  

The Checklist

1. Check the condition of your new plants

Your new plants should be healthy. We work with some of the highest quality suppliers in the UK. But plants are fickle things, and sometimes things can go wrong.

Below is a list of things to keep any eye out for:

  • Yellowing leaves - can be a sign that the plant doesn't have enough nutrients
  • Wilting leaves - a plant's leaves will begin to wilt if it's not had enough water. If they are, give the plant a drink to see if it cheers up.
  • Pests or disease - we buy our plants from nurseries. They check them, we check them (and we even use organic pest control, like garlic sprays) but sometimes pests and diseases do slip through the net. Check the leaves for spots or speckling. These can be signs of damage. Also check under leaves or on stems for little insects.
  • Weeds - look closely at the surface of the soil. Are there any little weeds trying to spring up? Simply pull them out before planting out into your container.
  • Healthy roots - your plant's roots should be healthy. When you take it out of its pot (step 3), check to see if the roots are springy and a white or creamy colour. If they're brown and brittle, they're not in a healthy way.

2. Find your care instructions

Every plant is a little different. But for the most part, plants need a certain amount of water, light and nutrients to survive.

Make sure you check the product page on our website for info about how much light your plant needs. 

Check out our guide to sun & shade

Check out our guide to watering your plants here.

3. Pot on your plant into its new home

You've bought a lovely plant and a lovely pot. Now it's time to pot your plant into its new home.

You can check out some more guidance on how to repot your plants in our getting started guide. Head to the 'Container Size' & 'How To Pot The Plants Yourself' pages, roughly half way through.

But for now, simply remove the plastic nursery pot from you plant, add some potting mix to the bottom of your new pot, place your new plant into the pot and fill the gaps.

Make sure your pot has a drainage hole or two!

4. Watering in your plants

Now your plants are in their new pots, you'll want to 'water them in'. Give the soil a water so that it's soaked through; it'll help your plant get comfortable in its new home.

Check out our guide to watering your plants for more info.

5. Place in its new home!

Now's the time to put your new plant(s) and pot into its new home. 

Make sure you're happy with the amount of sun your plant will be getting. 

Check out our guide to sun and shade if you're at all unsure.


And that's a wrap! Hopefully you've found that useful. Let us know if you have any questions. 

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