Black Velvet Care Guide

Congrats! You just received your new plant! Now what?

1. Getting started with your Black Velvet

location

Where to place your Black Velvet

Place it somewhere bright but never under direct sunlight

If your plant is casting a sharp & defined shadow, the light is too hard. We're looking for a shadow that's soft and blurred. Harsh sunlight can fade away its colour and scorch its foliage

Potting

Potting your Black Velvet

Leave it in its nursery pot
Your plant is comfy in its nursery pot. It's best to let it acclimate to the lighting, temperature, and humidity in its new home for at least 2 weeks before repotting it

Pro tip: if you purchased a planter with your plant, you can simply place the nursery pot in that planter

2. Continually caring for your Black Velvet

WATERING

Watering your Black Velvet

Water when the top of the soil feels dry
Black Velvets love moist soil but it is vital to ensure the soil isn't soggy. To check, simply touch the soil with your fingertip. If the surface of the soil feels:
1) Dry: your plant needs a watering
2) Damp/wet: your plant doesn't need a watering

Rule of thumb: expect to water your plant about once a week, and more often with more light. Having said that, soil moisture should be your primary indicator for when you should water your plant, as the time may vary.

When watering, gently pour until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom and discard any excess water. Remember, never use cold water as this will shock your plant's roots

Temperature

Finding your Black Velvet's favourite temperature

Like most houseplants, Black Velvets are happiest between 18¬įC-30¬įC

Repotting

Repotting your Black Velvet

Black Velvets won't need to be repotted more than once every 2-3 years

When it's time, use a high-quality potting mix and transfer your Black Velvet into a pot that's a about 1-2 inches in diameters larger than its current one

Cleaning/pruning

Cleaning/pruning your Black Velvet

Like most plants, your Black Velvet's leaves will collect dust overtime. When you see this, gently wipe off each leaf top with a damp rag to reveal a healthy shine. This will help your plant soak in more light and breathe through the little pores on its leaves (stomata)


Some common problems with Black Velvets

1. Brown edges

Usually caused by a dry environment; if you plant is next to an AC vent, try moving it away.

2. Brown leaf tips

Usually caused by either:

a) Underwatering; check your plant's soil; if its dry, then it's time for a drink!

b) Too much fertilizer;if you think this is it, at the next watering, give your Black Velvet a good shower to rinse out as much fertilizer as possible, or, better yet, repot it using fresh high-quality potting soil.

3. Leaves turning yellow

Usually caused by overwatering; allow the soil time to dry out sufficiently, then slowly rewater, following the watering guide above

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