Ardisia Plant Care Instructions – National Indoor Plant Week 2015

Pic 1If you received a plant at our National Indoor Plant Week event on Monument Circle Wednesday September 16th, 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 Ardisia.

Container: At full size, an Ardisia can reach about three feet in height, but it will take several years to get there. 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: Ardisia thrive in bright, sunny rooms, but don’t like too much direct sunlight. 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.

* Although there is no published literature supporting the theory that ardisia is toxic, it is suspected that the berries and/or foliage are poisonous to livestock, pets, and humans.
– edis.ifas.ufl.edu

If you have questions concerning your newly acquired Ardisia, please leave a comment below and we will work to have an answer to you as quickly as possible.

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!

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