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Watering Your Plants

Watering Your Plants

The key to healthy and happy plants starts with watering them correctly. There are many ways to water your plants but one method that we love at PlantGirl is the 'Soak and dry' method. It's all about giving your plants a good, thorough watering so that the roots get soaked properly, but allowing all of the excess water to drain out. In this video we have a quick chat about watering and where new plant parents can sometimes go wrong.

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How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats

How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats, they are seriously pesky little things! If your plant collection has started to grow then chances are you may have noticed these little guys flying around above your jungles. But are they actually harmful to your plants? Yes and no. Adult Fungus gnats are harmless and really more of an annoyance. They aren’t going to do any damage to your plant babies. However! Their larvae is what you need be concerned about.Fungus gnats lay their eggs deep in the soil and over time the larvae will feed on fungi and organic matter but are also capable of eating...

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Using Perlite To Improve Your Potting Mix

Using Perlite To Improve Your Potting Mix

Here at PlantGirl we're all about good drainage for your indoor plants. The quickest road to plant death is overwatering, hence why we love to set them up for success from the very beginning. There's lots of things you can do to improve your potting mix and perlite is a super easy one! WHAT IS PERLITE? Perlite looks like small, powdery white rocks, kind of resembling little bits of Styrofoam - but it is far from it. It has tiny pockets that can store nutrients and some water while draining away the rest. Perlite begins as an unstructured volcanic glass that has a super high water content,...

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How To Get Rid Of Mealybugs On Your Indoor Plants

How To Get Rid Of Mealybugs On Your Indoor Plants

Two words. Mealybugs suck. These guys are one of the worst pests you can get on your plants and we're sorry if you've run into them! But unfortunately, they love to worm their way into your plant collection from time to time. Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied insects that produce white, fluffy looking material that helps protect them from heat and also repels chemical pesticides (now that's a hardcore bug). These guys are not the easiest to eliminate, but it's possible. At PlantGirl we are always on the look out for bugs and pests. Here's what we've learnt about these fluffy little critters and how to...

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How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites On Your Indoor Plants

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites On Your Indoor Plants

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if your once beautiful and green plant is looking sick and quite discoloured, you could have a bad case of spider mites. Spider mites are a serious problem for your plants but not impossible to eliminate! Here's a few things we've learnt along the way at PlantGirl to give them the flick. SIGNS OF SPIDER MITES INCLUDE: Discolouration on the leaves (caused by the mites sucking all the goodness out of the plant cells...ew...). Tiny white specks all over the leaves (often underneath and along the stem). Little webs woven...

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