How To: Take care of your tropical planter. (Fall)
So you've purchased a tropical planter! Now what?
Tropicals don't like to be overwatered. Test the soil by touching it and if there is soil stuck on your finger don't water, if there is no soil on your finger you can water. The Kalanchoe however does like to stay moist. When you water your planter start and end with the kalanchoes. Make sure there is no excess water. Drain if needed.
Indirect sunlight will keep your tropicals thriving. Filtered by blinds and curtains are great. The leaves and flowers burn very easily in direct sunlight.
Tropicals benefit from fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks in the spring and summer. Then once they slow down growing in fall and winter, fertilize every 3 to 4 weeks.
When you water it is best to lift the moss and get right to the soil. This will ensure that your moss stays fresh for longer. Tropicals like high acidic, loose well draining soil that is high in organic matter. Pinch off stems of flowers that are done blooming.
Tropicals benefit from humid warm places. They do not do well under 15°C and keep them away from drafty places.