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Plant Care PLANT CARE
Thank you for purchasing plants at the Cat Pause store in Davis Center or at the Main Campus Greenhouse. Below are basic conditions to help you successfully grow your new plant.

Cactus:
  • Light: Direct light, southern exposure.
  • Temperature: Warm. OK to place near window but move the cactus slightly away from a frosty winter window, minimum 45° – 50°F.
  • Water: Give the cactus a soaking watering once a month, even less during the winter. Don’t leave the pot sitting in water.  Start fertilizing once a month in the spring.

Succulent:

  • Light: Direct light, southern, western or eastern exposure.
  • Temperature: Warm. OK to place near window but move the succulent slightly away from a frosty winter window, minimum 50°F.
  • Water: Give the succulent a soaking when bone dry. Don’t leave the pot sitting in water.  Water sparingly during the winter. Start fertilizing once a month in the spring.
Begonia:
  • Light: Bright indirect light, eastern or western exposure.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 60°F during winter, avoid cold air drafts.
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry between watering. Water 2X/week from spring to autumn, water 1X/week during winter. Apply nutrient fertilizer 2X/month.
Croton:
  • Light: Direct light, eastern or western exposure.
  • Temperature: Warm, minimum 60°F in winter.
  • Water: Water 2X/week from spring to autumn, water 1X/week during winter. Do not allow soil to completely dry out. Apply nutrient fertilizer2X/month during warm seasons, 1X/month during winter.
Dieffenbachia:
  • Light: Direct light in winter; partial shade in summer.
  • Temperature: Moderate to warm, minimum 60°F during winter, avoid cold air drafts.
  • Water: Water 2X/week from spring to autumn, water 1X/week during winter. Apply nutrient fertilizer 2X/month.

Dracaena:

  • Light: Light shade with eastern or western exposure.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 55°F in winter.
  • Water: Water 2X/week from spring to autumn, water 1X/week during winter. Do not allow soil to completely dry out. Apply nutrient fertilizer 2X/month duringwarm seasons, 1X/month during winter.

Fittonia:

  • Light: Partial shade is necessary; avoid direct sunlight.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 60°F during winter.
  • Water: Avoid cold water; keep moist from spring to fall; water sparingly in winter. Perfect for terrariums. Apply nutrient fertilizer2X/month during warm seasons, 1X/month during winter.
Hypoestes:
  • Light: Bright light, some direct light will enhance color
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 55°F in winter.
  • Water: Keep soil moist (not soggy) from spring to fall; water more sparingly in winter. Applynutrient fertilizer 2X/month during warm seasons.
Parlor Palm:
  • Light: Indirect light.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, prefers cool night temperatures during winter, 50°F.
  • Water: Do not allow standing water in bottom saucer. During winter, keep soil slightly moist. Water 1X or 2X/week during spring and summer. Fertilize 1X/month.

Peperomia:

  • Light: Bright indirect light; fluorescent light is sufficient.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 50° – 55°F during winter.
  • Water: Water moderately but consistently; allowing the top one inch of soil to dry before re-watering. Water less frequently during winter. Apply nutrientfertilizer 2X/month during warm seasons, 1X/month during winter.

Philodendron:

  • Light: Indirect light only.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, 55°F during winter.
  • Water: water once or twice/week; during winter avoid over-watering, apply nutrient fertilizer 1X/month in wintertime and 2X/month summertime.

Pothos:

  • Light: Indirect light only, fluorescent light is sufficient.
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, night temperature 50° – 55°F during winter.
  • Water: water 1X/ week during winter; 2X/week during summer; apply nutrient fertilizer 1X/month during winter, 2X/month spring – autumn.
Schefflera:
  • Light: Bright light, however, away from direct sunshine.
  • Temperature: Avoid temperatures above 70°F, minimum 55°F during winter.
  • Water: Water 2X/week from spring to autumn, water 1X/week during winter. Apply nutrient fertilizer 2X/month during warm seasons, 1X/month during winter.
Syngonium:
  • Light: Bright indirect light
  • Temperature: Moderately warm, minimum 60°F during winter.
  • Water: Avoid overwatering, keep soil moist (not soggy) from spring to fall; water sparingly in winter.  Apply nutrient fertilizer 2X/month during warm seasons, 1X/month during winter.

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