Our Choice Collection

If you have any questions about the care of a specific plant, we advise you to visit a local florist or garden centre. This page offers you answers to most Frequently Asked general Questions.

1. How often do I have to water my plant and what is the best position?

This depends on the plant species. You will find various care tips on this website under ‘plant information’. The symbols on the T-label provided with the plant indicate the care your plant requires.

2. How can it be that the leaves of my plant are drooping even though the soil is moist?

If the leaves of your plant are drooping while the soil is moist, it could be that the plant has ‘drowned’. You have probably been too 'good’ to your plant, or watered it too irregularly. The plant will then have had wet feet for too long, causing some of the roots to die off through lack of oxygen. Besides moisture, roots also need oxygen. Giving the plant too much water will result in a lack of air in the soil and hence a lack of oxygen to the roots. They will therefore not be able to take up water and consequently droop or turn yellow. It could also mean that the roots have already started to rot. Pour out any water still in the bottom of the pot and do not water the plant again until the top soil has started to dry out. This might save your plant but the damage will usually be irrevocable.

3. Can I eat my plant?

The Cucumis sativus is the only eatable plant of the Collection. The other plants in the Our Choice Collection are intended as decorative plants only and are therefore not edible. This also applies for the herbs such as Lavender, which are not suitable for cooking! Some plants are even toxic, in which case this will be stated on the label.

4. How can I keep my plant as healthy as possible?

If a plant becomes stressed (too dry, too wet, too much sun, too dark) it will be more susceptible to disease, much like people, and insects. It is therefore very important to care for your plants as indicated on this website.

5. What can I do to combat aphid?

HAphids are a real plague to our plants and their strength certainly seems to come in numbers. They can be seen on plants with a surplus of nutrients. They are tiny little insects (usually green, sometimes nearly black) that feed on the plant saps with their special needle-like mouths. Aphids can cause tremendous damage so prompt treatment is extremely important. They can really mutilate a plant: it could turn yellow and the leaves could deform or wilt. Indeed, the damage could even be so severe that the plant dies! There are special aphid controlling products on the market, most of them biological. Spraying an infested plant with a weak solution of methylated spirits and soft soap is also said to help. Do this in the evening to avoid the sun burning the leaves. Other tips include sticking a few matches head down into the soil. The sulphur will keep aphid at bay. A clove of garlic in the soil is said to have the same effect.

6. What can I do to combat Red Spider Mite?

Red Spider Mite are minute, practically invisible spiders found mostly on the under sides of leaves. If the plant is severely infested, they could also nestle in the growing points. The first signs of Red Spider Mite are the little cobwebs with droplets of water caught in them. Red Spider Mite are really very difficult to cure,  prevention is much more effective. The best way to do this is to keep plants and their environment  a little moist; spider mite absolutely detest water!  Have you found an infested area? Remove the infested parts as quickly as possible. Spray the rest of the plant as thoroughly as possible with a solution of methylated spirits and soft soap.