Give torture the green finger - Plant care instructions

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On this page, you will find out more information about how to care for your plant!

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Calathea (Prayer plant)

Placement: Bright but indirect sunlight.

Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist by watering little but often.  
Use distilled water, filtered water or rainwater as tab water can harm them. 
Water less in winter.

Feeding: Feed every couple of months with a balanced fertiliser.

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic.

Chamaelobivia (Cactus, “Lincoln Happy Thoughts”)

Placement: Grow on a sunny window sill or outside on a sheltered sunny patio in the summer.

Watering: Water every 3 to 4 days in the summer. 
Allow to dry out completely in the winter.

Feeding: Feed during the growing season (March – October) with a cacti fertiliser.

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic.

Chlorophytum (Spider plant)

Placement: Best in the shade, full or partial. Avoid strong sunlight.

Watering: Water regularly in spring and summer.

Feeding: Every month in spring and summer with a houseplant fertiliser.

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic.

Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis, palm tree)

Placement: Very good light, direct sunlight. Best placed near a window.

Watering: Water regularly in spring and summer, every 2 or 3 days is best.  
Water less regularly in fall and winter – 2 or 3 times a month is best.

Feeding: Liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks.  
No feeding from October to April.

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic.

Codiaeum (Garden croton)

Placement: Bright but indirect sunlight. 

Watering: Use tepid water. Water less in winter. 
Keep soil moist from spring to autumn. 

Feeding: Every two weeks with house plant fertiliser. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic. 


Placement: Bright, filtered or indirect light.

Watering: Water each week during spring to fall.  
Water every 2 weeks in winter.

Feeding: Monthly feeding with water-soluble fertilizer during spring and summer.  
No feeding during fall and winter.

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.


Placement: Filtered bright light in the summer. Direct light in the winter. 

Watering: Water every 10 days in spring and summer.  Water only every 4 weeks in the winter. 

Feeding: Feed 2 to 3 times a year with organic cacti fertilizer. 

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic (but probably painful to eat).


Placement: Bright but indirect sunlight.     

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.


Placement: Luminous spot without direct sunlight.    Water every week with lukewarm water. 

Watering: Water every 10 days in the winter. 

Feeding: Slow-release fertiliser in the spring and the summer. 

Toxicity for pets: Non-toxic.


Placement: Dry, well lit position. 

Watering: Water from spring to fall only. 

Feeding: Fertilize once a year. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.

Monstera (Swiss cheese plant) 

Placement: Bright but indirect sunlight. 

Watering: Water every one to two weeks during spring and summer.  
Water occasionally in fall and winter.  

Feeding: Balanced fertilizer 3 or 4 times a year. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.

Sansevieria (Snake plant) 

Placement: Full sunlight along bright filtered light. 

Watering: Water every few weeks. Water even less in the winter. 

Feeding: Feed with a succulent fertilizer diluted to half strength monthly between spring and fall. 
No feeding in the winter. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.


Placement: Indirect bright light    . 

Feeding: Feed monthly from spring to fall with a water-soluble fertilizer. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.


Placement: Bright light, direct sunlight. Shielding during midday sun in the summer.      

Watering: Keep the soil moist from April to September. Reduce watering in fall and winter. 

Feeding: Feed in the spring time with slow-release pellets, or weekly with liquid fertilizer in the spring and summer. 

Toxicity for pets: Toxic.