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This is a general rare plant care guide which can be applied to most of the rare plants that I sell with a few exceptions. Please make sure that you understand and are able to supply the unique care required of each individual plant before purchase.  


Upon receiving your rare plant, please unpack it and pot it immediately. Due to the small size of the rare plants that I sell, I highly recommend using a plant pot ranging between 6cm-10cm depending on the size of the roots. Please avoid planting your new plant in a pot that is too big for it as this will greatly increase the likelihood of root problems such as root rot. 


Your rare plant will need a well-draining soil mix for healthy root growth as this will stop the roots of the plant from staying wet for too long (which will lead to root rot). I recommend that you use my eco-friendly Aroid Soil Mix sold under ‘Substrates’ or alternatively buy/make a soil mix composing of coir, perlite and bark. 


A lot of the rare plants (in particular the aroids) like the top inch to two inches of the soil to dry out between watering. If you’re unsure of how to check if your rare plant needs watering, I encourage you to stick your finger an inch or so into the soil to the check how moist it is. If the top inch of the soil is damp, I would wait longer before watering! 


I would recommend bright, indirect light for most of the rare plants that I sell in order for them to grow quickly.  Although many of them will survive fine in medium light, they will often grow slower or may grow in a ‘leggy’ form as the plant searches and reaches for more light. I would avoid exposing any rare plants to direct sunlight as the heat from this can cause burning and discoloration on the leaves and lead to damage although most can tolerate dappled/ low levels of weak sunlight. 


If you’d like your rare plant to grow quickly all-year round, I recommend investing in some grow lights to give your plants extra light in the shorter days, such as during winter. 


In order for the rare plant to grow best, I would recommend growing them at temperatures between 18-26 degrees Celsius although they will be able to tolerate lower or higher temperatures than this. Most will be happy with a comfortable room temperature though! 


I would recommend humidity levels no lower than 50%, with 60-70% being perfect for most of the rare plants that I sell. If the rare plant is receiving inadequate humidity, you may experience leaf crisping, slow growth or disfigured leaves.  If you are unsure how humid your house environment is and whether it is adequate for the rare plant you are purchasing, I would definitely recommend investing in an hygrometer to measure your humidity levels. 


Fertilising your rare plants is a key part to ensure that they receive key minerals and chemical elements such as potassium and phosphorus from the soil and water. If you do not add any organic fertilisers to your soil (eg. Worm castings), I would highly recommend adding a gentle houseplant fertiliser to your water when watering your rare plants. As your plants live in a stable indoor environment (as opposed to an outside season one), they should be actively growing all year round and so you can also fertilise your plants all year. Please follow the fertilising instructions carefully though, as too much fertiliser can be detrimental to your rare plant and kill it! 

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