Caring for Your Keepsake Garden Project
If you have created a Keepsake Garden, I hope you had fun playing in the dirt! I’ve loved plants since I was 18 years old and moved out on my own. I think one of the first things I bought was an indoor plant, and I’ve had plants ever since. My mom loved and took care of the indoor plants, and my dad loved outdoor gardening, which are both passions I have too.
If this was your first time working with plants, how did it feel holding the plant roots in your hands? Did you cluster a lot of plants together, or did you leave spaces between them to give them some room to grow?
It’s good to know that with a Keepsake Garden pot you can easily remove plants that may die, and replace them. Over time some plants may outgrown their space, so you will need to carefully remove them from the Keepsake Garden pot and carefully place them into a bigger pot.
Owning plants is a big responsibility. They must be cared for, and they will depend on you for that. For Outdoor gardens Mother Nature helps on rainy days, but she can also hurt them on freezing days, or really hot days. Taking care of indoor plants is so different from outdoor plants, I think it’s even harder.
Plants are living things that communicate to you. All you have to do is pay attention to them to hear what they are saying. If they are in distress they will let you know. Their leaves will turn brown at the edges and may even start to drop off. The plant will droop a little, and will look sad. It’s your job to figure out what may be wrong with them and help them out.
There is so much to know about caring for plants, and the best way to learn is to dig in and get started!
10 Tips on How to Care for your Plants:
- The first thing you will need to decide when you bring your potted plant home is where you are going to place it? The best spot is going to depend on a few things. Is your plant an in-door or out-door plant? Every plant is different so make sure you find out some basic care instructions for your plants, to give you an idea of where to place it.
- Light is critical to your plant’s health. Some plants can’t tolerate any light and can die in as little as 20 minutes if left under the hot sun. So you will have to know what type of light your plants like; a lot, a little, or none at all!
- Watering your plant is the next thing you need to learn about. And again each plant is different, especially indoor plants. A general rule of thumb (no pun intended) to see if your plant is ready to water is to stick your finger in the dirt/soil. If the soil is dry its ready for water. If the soil is wet, even just a little, wait another day or two and check it again. Once the soil is completely dry it is ready to water. BUT again each plant is different. Some indoor plants need to always be in a damp soil.
- When watering outdoor plants, make sure to water where the roots are. Give the roots a gentle, but good soaking. Circle around the entire base of the plant.
- For indoor plants use the same technique and water around the entire base of the plant a little bit at a time, being careful not to let the water over-spill at the top of the pot. Let the water soak in, then repeat until you see water coming out of the bottom of the pot.
- Protect your furniture by placing your plant in a saucer if you have one that fits. Or bring the pot to a sink or bathtub to water, let drain thoroughly, then return to it’s resting place.
- I DO NOT recommend using a pot that does not have drainage holes at the bottom. But, if you do use a fully contained pot, water very lightly around the top of the pot. You want all of the roots lightly wet, but your don’t want the water to build up at the bottom of the pot. This can cause over-watering and lead to root-rot.
- Over-watering is one of the leading causes of plant death. Plants need the water, but did you know that they also need oxygen to survive? So it makes sense that if the roots are covered in water they will not be able to get the oxygen they need to survive and thrive.
- On the flip-side, under-watering is bad for your plants too. It will cause your plant to go limp and have a shriveled appearance. Did you know that having enough water is what helps your plants produce flowers? So, if you notice you are not getting a lot of flowers on your flowering plants, you may be under-watering them. Make sure you pay attention to your plants and water them when they are dry.
- Don’t forget that many plants will not survive extreme temperatures. Extreme hot and cold conditions can kill many, if not most, plants. DO YOUR RESEARCH so you have a general idea of how to care for your particular plants. And then it’s all about trial and error.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!