What Your Plants are Trying to Tell You: 5 Signs to Watch Out for to Keep Your Cacti, Succulents, and Houseplants Alive and Happy
There is a reason why so many people have a difficult time keeping plants alive. It is getting more and more difficult to find plants from small growers that know how to care for their plants and set them up properly. Most retail plants pass through so many hands after the greenhouse (wholesale brokers, retail holding spaces, etc.) before they end up in stores where they are purchased. The problem is that these plants are moved with the lowest cost in mind and are often sold in incorrect soils and without experienced instruction. It is most important to make sure your plant has the correct soil, planter, and care instructions before you start.
At Tierra Sol Studio, we grow our own hardy and low maintenance plants so that we know what they need from greenhouse to indoor planter. We know there can be a learning curve with plants in your home so we conduct multiple experiments for up to a year before releasing a plant to make sure we know the minimum of the plants needs to survive many spaces, conditions, and set that plant up for success by making handmade planters and hand mixed soil for their needs.
Many of the plants we experiment with do not make the cut because they are difficult to keep alive. For instance, no matter how popular the fiddle leaf fig is, we do not sell them because they are extremely temperamental, we do not sell cacti and succulents in glass containers because they are desert plants and will not survive the humidity, and we will not tell you to buy a fancy sprayer for your air plants because spritzing them with water will cause rot. We won’t even sell our plants without our handmade planter and hand mixed soil so that we know that we can ensure that each plant will have everything that it needs and can guarantee that our plants will last.
We want to make sure you have all the tools and confidence to have all the plants your heart desires! Whether you are a beginner or a practiced plant parent with new plants or a new space, here are some things that your plants might be trying to tell you!
1. Does Your Plant Really Need to be Watered?
Cacti and Succulents
2. Does Your Plant Have the Correct Amount of Light?
3. Is Your Plant Next to a heating vent radiator or AC or cold drafty window?
4. Is your plant being properly dusted or cleaned?
5. Is your plant losing leaves or does it look damaged?
Cacti and Succulents
These are our tips for happy and healthy plants! Add these to your routine and you’ll speak plant in no time! If you have any questions about plant care you can see more information on the plants we specialize in--cacti, succulents, houseplants, air plants, moss, and marimo--as well as our Winter care instructions for plants here:
Seana + Yair
Co-Owners, Tierra Sol Studio
For Plant Killers Who Are Plant Lovers.™
When it is cold we are always dreaming of warm weather. In winter we tend to have less access to nature, fresh air, sunshine, and humidity. We are always looking for ways to make our spaces as happy and healthy as possible, especially since having a child. According to NASA, the air in homes and workspaces can be even more polluted than outdoor air in large cities. There are a few things (in addition to lots of coffee and blankets) that make us feel happy and fresh even when it is too cold to open the windows...without adding harmful toxins. Our favorite (not sponsored-just loved) cold weather items are:
Clearly we are obsessed with plants--but having tons of them around make us feel like we are living in a green paradise. Plants have been scientifically proven to purify the air, make us happy, less anxious and depressed, feel fulfilled, and even heal faster! And they are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to refresh your space with little work. We fill our entire living room with tropicals and cacti of all sizes to get a lot of variety in color and texture.
2. HYDRATED SKIN
During Winter, cold air and artificial heat in our homes and workspaces means drier skin. We like to keep hydrated with Good Juju Herbal since it works so well and is for real natural. Our little one has skin sensitivities and is only able to use Good Juju Herbal since other “natural” products often contain chemicals that are naturally derived and caused him to have flare ups of baby eczema. We use all of their products. A spritz of the Organic Rosewater Toner on our faces throughout the day keeps us feeling like we live at a spa and the Herbal skin food keeps our faces moisturized even when we are up to our necks in clay.
Find it all here: https://www.goodjujuherbal.com/
3. FRESH AIR + FRESH SCENTS
Since indoor air can be so polluted, especially in Winter when it is difficult to get fresh air indoors--we do not want to add to that pollution by using chemical based and fragrance oil filled cleaning products, air freshers, or candles. These products release toxic VOCs into the air. We learned a lot more about these toxins after having a baby. We got rid of our favorite mango and coconut milk scented candles and searched for ways to add scents without adding toxins. After a couple years of research and debating whether or not we wanted a constant stream of essential oil into the air, we found Veyali, a company that makes “interior botanicals” that are not just “naturally derived” they are ingredients that are actually made with plants and sugar cane alcohol. We use Veyali’s scent Uplift and it smells like you stepped into a misty forest full of Thai basil and lemongrass. We love it so much and one spray per room makes the house smell insanely fresh all day without being overpowering.
Find it here: https://veyali.com/
Here’s to fresh healthy air and happy plants year round!
We are so excited to start the Plant Killer Club Blog and have a more permanent space to write about plant care tips and answer your questions!
I'm Seana - Co-owner of Tierra Sol Studio, CEO, designer, potter, and resident plant expert.
We started Tierra Sol Studio because we were plant killers. We found that people receive a - lot - of misinformation about plant care and that most plants are set up in the wrong pot and soil. I used my background as a researcher to solve problems from a plant killer's perspective and now we have a team of people who do magical things with plants!
This week I want to cover how to propagate cacti and other succulents. You might have a plant that is getting a little long and could use a trim or have a broken cactus paddle. While it can be pretty slow to grow cacti and succulents without a greenhouse, you can easily get them to root and stay alive indoors from a simple paddle or cutting!
How to Propagate Cacti and Succulents:
STEP 1. If you do not already have a cutting - Use a clean razor blade or knife to (carefully) cut a section of plant off approximately one inch above any damage or problem areas. Or cut a paddle at the base - leaving the base of the paddle in tact.
STEP 2. Lay the cutting or paddle out to dry and heal where it was cut. This usually takes 2-3 days.
STEP 3: Put the cutting into some really great cactus + succulent soil.
Find ours here: Tierra Sol Studio - Plant KiIller Soil
STEP 4: Don't water your cutting until it starts to get roots. This usually takes about 2 weeks. You can check the cutting every 2-3 days and place it back in the soil until roots appear.
STEP 5: Once you have roots, give the plant a little water 1x per month. The amount of water depends on the size of the cutting. Check our Plant Care Tips for water recommendations.
Let us know if you have any questions or how it goes in the comments below!