If you received a plant at our National Indoor Plant Week event on Monument Circle Wednesday September 21st, you’re probably wondering how to take care of it. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Below are general care instructions for your newly acquired Arboricola.
Container: At full size, an Arboricola can reach about five to six feet in height, but will probably never grow this tall outside of it natural tropical habitat. A more likely height, for an indoor plant, is two to three feet. To start your plant on the road to reaching its full potential, it should be re-potted in approximately a six-inch container with good drainage. Eventually, your plant will need to be transplanted into a larger container to continue fostering growth, but it should do just fine in a six-inch container for quite some time.
Lighting: Arboricola thrive in bright, sunny rooms, but don’t like too much direct sunlight. They can also adapt to medium light areas, but a reduction in water will be needed. For optimal results, place them in rooms with south facing windows, but keep them out of direct sunlight.
Water: The plant should stay evenly moist, meaning the soil should never be completely dry or overly wet. Over-watering can lead to a whole host of problems. The amount of water your plant will need depends on a lot of factors: the amount of light it receives, the temperature of the room, humidity levels, among other things. A good rule of thumb would be to water the plant once a week and adjust according to how quickly the soil dries. Eventually you should be able to get into a watering routine based on the plant needs. Do not keep the plant in standing water for more than 15 minutes as this can lead to root rot and pests.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a slow-release fertilizer. If the leaf tips are brown, you could be over fertilizing.
* Arboricolas are toxic to both cats and dogs. If your pets like to snack on your interior plants, then this might not be the right plant for you.
If you have questions concerning your newly acquired Arboricola, please visit our National Indoor Plant Week page and we will work to have an answer to you as quickly as possible. This page will tell you how to win a $100 gift card by just taking a picture of you and your coworkers/friends as members of our “Code Green Team”, and how to get one month of free interior plant care through Engledow.
Thank you again for coming out to our National Indoor Plant Week event. Plants are our passion and we love being able to share that passion with others!