4" Stromanthe Triostar
The two biggest factors that determine your plant's needs are lighting and watering. Use these as guidelines for picking a plant that will be great for your space, but you may need to tweak things based on your environment.
INDOOR LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS
- High Light – on a windowsill
If your cat is sleeping in this sunny spot, it's probably best for bright light plants. Plants that require bright light need to be as close to a direct light source as possible - preferably in a southern or western facing window where they can catch a glimpse of the sky.
- Medium Light – near a window
A sunny window with sheer curtains or an office desk near a window would also do the trick. Plants that require medium light should be placed near a southern, western, or eastern facing window, but not in direct sunlight. Within 3-5 feet of the light source would be ideal. Otherwise, you could place an indirect light plant in the middle of a bright, sun-filled room farther from the windows.
- Low Light – far from a window
Is northern light all you've got? Trying to add some greenery to your dorm room or office? Low light plants might be best for you. You can also place a low light plant in the center of a room away from windows.
Not enough light in your room? Light colored walls and mirrors that reflect light from windows will help brighten up the place. Otherwise, you can add fluorescent light fixtures or grow lights near your plants for supplemental light.
- Water Weekly – these plants need a bit more attention and should be watered on a 7-10 day schedule. If the leaves look a little droopy, that's your plant telling you want to up that watering to every 5-7 days!
- Water Every Other Week – these plants can live on a lot less water than most plants. They should be watered every other week at most and shouldn't be drenched in water. If you tend to be an over-waterer and have one of these plants, you might want to have a planter with drainage holes to make sure this plant can dry out properly
Can’t remember your plant’s needs? Just search for your plant’s detail page to get all you need to know
First things first: repot your plant. To do that, you’ll need two things: a planter about an inch or two larger than the current pot it’s in. And soil. Check your plant’s detail page to get the scoop on soil
- Watch our video about repotting – how to tell when your plant needs to be repotting and how to do it
- Read this page to see our thoughts on the drainage hole debate (spoiler alert: if you’re a beginner, we recommend only using planters with drainage holes until you get the hang of watering)
- Pets! We all know pets sometimes get a little friendly with plants, so please make sure you're researching plants before buying them to make sure they are safe in your home. We mark plants as pet friendly on our site, but plants are not pet food! We recommend you do your best to keep your pets from eating any plants - whether they are marked pet friendly or not.
Stick your plant in its ideal lighting, sit back, and enjoy!
- We usually give our small plants between ¼ and ½ cup of either weekly or every other week, depending on your plants watering frequency on the plant’s detail page. We highly recommend using a measuring cup from your kitchen to water your plants until you are comfortable enough to eyeball this amount with a watering can.
- For plants that don’t like their soil to be completely dry between waterings, you might need to either increase the water amount slightly or just take a spin around the house and water those plants more frequently (maybe every 5 days instead of every 7, for example).
- IMPORTANT: make sure you read our thoughts and feelings on drainage holes. We recommend always letting plants with NO drainage dry out completely between waterings because you don’t have visibility to the bottom of the plant. Root rot is not your friend.
- Super simple pro tip: set a weekly, recurring reminder in your phone to remind you to take a spin around the house and water those babies up! (Just remember to skip the plants that need to be watered every other week)
Once you have the hang of plant care basics, there are a few more fun things you can do with your plants:
We have a collection of “Graduation plants” that are great for those who want to go to the next level with their plants. Use the planting chops you learned with your beginner plants to keep these slightly more finicky plants happy.
Click here to read our propagation how-to for our favorite vining plants (like pothos and philodendron). Propagation is basically a way for you to get more plants from your plants, and the easiest place to start is with vining plants.
Step up your decorating game with these fun ways to incorporate plants as decor
Plants come in all shapes and sizes and may look slightly different than the ones pictured.
SHIPPING & PICKUPS
We ship orders anywhere in the contiguous United States. Orders, once processed and packed up, will ship to you from Pittsburgh, PA via USPS 2-3 Day Priority Mail. Planters may ship separately from plants.
Please keep your location's temperature in mind when placing an order, especially if your package will need to sit outside once it is delivered. If your package will need to sit outside for an extended period of time in extreme temperatures, please consider using a different shipping address or waiting until the weather is better suited for shipping.
During winter months, we will delay shipping out plants when the temperature is too low to avoid harming the plants during transit. Please keep this in mind if placing a time-sensitive order. Feel free to email us before placing an order if you have any questions.
If your plant was damaged during transit, please send us an email (with photos) at email@example.com so we can get it sorted out.
Online orders: We allow refunds up to 15 days from the date of purchase if plants arrive damaged from the shipping process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org within 15 days from the date of purchase to let us know the situation.
Wholesale or retail orders picked up at our Pittsburgh location: all sales are final.
Worried about your plants shipping across the country? We sent a few to Laura at Garden Answer in Oregon - watch below to see how they arrive!
Lighting: medium to high light preferred – near a window
Watering Frequency: water every week
Watering Amount: this plant likes a bit more water, so water again when soil is almost dry/slightly damp
Soil: regular, indoor potting mix from your local garden center will do the trick
*We consider this a Graduation Plant - it's known to be a little more finicky to take care of than the tried-and-true Beginner Plants*
Comes in a 4" diameter nursery pot