Plantlet Care: How To Pot Up and Care For Juvenile Houseplants April 28 2017
"Plantlets" are the name we give to our collection of juvenile specimen plants - fully rooted, baby houseplants that are wrapped in moss and ready for potting in a larger container. Proper houseplant up potting (also called repotting) is the first step to properly caring for our plantlets.
How To Pot Up Your Plantlet
Repotting or potting up your houseplant is quite simple. Normally, you'd begin the process by removing the plant from its current container, whether a plastic nursery pot or a ceramic vessel. In the case of our plantlets, though, there's an extra step, as the root systems have been bound in moss for easy travel. Here's how to do it.
- Soak your plantlet in water for about 20 minutes to give the roots a good drink.
- Clip away the string that wraps around the moss at the base of your plantlet. Unwrap the string, clipping as necessary.
- Gently remove the moss from around the plantlet roots. Take care not to damage the plant's roots.
- Pick a pot that is about 3-4" in diameter. Ideally your pot will have a drainage hole, but if not, check out our tips for how to repot plants into containers without drainage.
- Moisten potting soil with spray bottle. Fill your selected vessel with enough clean potting soil so that the base of the plantlet will sit about .5"-1" below the top of the pot. Holding plantlet in position, fill in remaining space around roots with potting soil.
- Tamp soil gently, and water lightly until soil is evenly moist (but not sopping wet)
And there you have it! Simply place your new houseplant in a location where it will receive appropriate light (see below), and watch it grow to its mature size.
How To Care for Anthurium and Caladium Plantlets
All plantlet species offered (Anthurium, Alocasia, Philodendron, Calathea, etc.) prefer bright, indirect light. A bit of morning sun is okay, but they should be otherwise shielded from direct sun. Calathea and Philodendron species are content with slightly less light, while Anthurium and Alocasia prefer slightly more.
Water when top 1-2" of soil feels dry, or when plant leaves show slight wilt. Do not allow to fully dry out. Reduce water in winter and increase through spring and summer. Alocasia species are very susceptible to over-watering. Be sure to use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage. Calathea species like high humidity; mist plants periodically.
Wait until plantlet is established in new container (1-2 mo) before fertilizing. Feed with a balanced indoor plant fertilizer monthly through spring and summer. Do not fertilize during winter months.
Any questions about plantlet care? Ask us in the comments and share your stories. We'll respond with answers as soon as possible. Happy planting!