A Complete Guide for Plant Parents

Plant Care Tips, Propagation Methods and More

Autumn and Winter Plant Preparation and Care

Autumn and Winter Plant Preparation and Care As you’d expect, autumn brings new challenges to plant lovers, first and foremost, the challenge to prepare your plants in time for the cold weather. Here in Barcelona it will still be a couple more weeks until the cold really sets in, but that doesn’t mean we can…

PlantekaFest Autumn 2021

PlantekaFest Autumn 2021 We are so excited to announce that PlantekaFest Autumn 2021 will be happening on the 6th and 7th of November (in just one month) and as always, we have planned the best plant festival possible! PlantekaFest Autumn 2021 will be held at ConnectHort, a beautiful community space in the heart of Poblenou.…

Fungal Diseases on Plants

Fungal Diseases on Plants Fungal diseases on plants can be disastrous, unfortunately almost every plant on the planet is susceptible to one kind of fungal disease or another, especially our house plants! The majority of house-plants are from tropical regions of the world, meaning that the bacteria they are resistant to are 1000s of km…

Planteka Polls and Community Input

Planteka Polls and Community Input Planteka community… We want your thoughts and suggestions through our Planteka polls and community input opportunities! We hope that you are all enjoying the blog space and our Instagram page… However, we want to improve it further; and for this we need your help! Much of the topics we write…

Make Your Own DIY Moss Pole

Make Your Own DIY Moss Pole Here at Planteka we are always trying to come up with new ways to have fun and enjoy plants. Today, we will be sharing a way to make your own moss pole, using Sphagnum moss and wire mesh. This is perfect for helping your large Monstera or Pothos plants…

Care For Yourself As You Would Your Plants

Care for Yourself as You Would Your Plants We have said it before, and undoubtedly we will say it again, care for yourself as you would your plants. It is important to understand how deeply we are linked with plants, and how we share many of the same needs as them also. So how can…

Care Tips for a Jewel Orchid (Ludisia Discolor)

Care tips for a Jewel Orchid (Ludisia Discolor) The Jewel Orchid is a beautiful and very unique plant, its beautiful leaves are very distinctive and it creates some incredible, small flowers. However, it can be quite a difficult plant to grow and maintain. Here is a guide for care tips for a jewel orchid. Care Tips…

Propagation and Care Tips for a Pilea Peperomioides

Propagation and Care Tips for a Pilea Peperomioides: A Pilea Peperomioides is a beautiful plant to own, they look amazing and are relatively easy to maintain. One part that can be quite difficult is its propagation. Here is a short guide on propagation and care tips for a Pilea Peperomioides. There are two methods to…

Top Summer Plant Accessories

Top Summer Plant Accessories Are you as plant crazy as we are? Looking to push your plant game to the next level? We have some great summer plant accessories to spice up your jungle style. Here are my top summer plant accessory picks: We have many beautiful earrings with a range of plants, each provides…

How to Harvest Summer Kitchen Herbs

How to Harvest Summer Kitchen Herbs Something I enjoy a lot is to grow and use live herbs for my kitchen. Growing basil, rosemary, thyme, chillies is very rewarding. Something I want to share is how to harvest summer kitchen herbs for cooking while preserving and promoting future growth. How to harvest summer herbs in…

Summer Plant Rescue

Summer Plant Rescue Have you just returned from your summer holidays only to find that your plants aren’t quite as happy and relaxed as you are…? Are they tired, yellow, or in a dormant stage? Oof it feels overwhelming already. There are some tough decisions you have to make to save your plants; here at…

How to Stop Cats Eating your Plants

How to Stop Cats Eating your Plants It is an age old battle between cat and plant, with us left in the middle to be mediators, caught in the middle for love and protection of both. Here is a guide on how to stop your cats eating your plants. Here is the guide: If you…

Multi-Plant Pots

What is a Multi-Plant Pot? Unlike our natural ecosystems, our house plants are usually a single species in each pot; whilst this is great to maximise the growth of these plants, it does reduce the biodiversity within your home environment. The idea of a multi-plant pot is to create a biodiverse plant pot, with varieties…

How to Propagate a Aeschnanthus Twister

How to Propagate a Aeschnanthus Twister:  The Aeschnanthus Twister is a beautiful plant to own, they look amazing and are relatively easy to maintain; when they flower it is a beautiful red bloom. One part that is quite difficult is its propagation. Here is a short guide on how to propagate an Aeschnanthus Twister. How…

How to Revive Tired Plants in Summer

How to Revive Tired Summer Plants Summer has been long and hot already and it is normal for our plants to be looking and feeling tired. During this time, plants can become dormant, stop growing, and even start changing colour. Here are a few simple tips on how to revive tired plants and encourage them…

What is the Bokashi Method of Composting?

What is the Bokashi method of composting? Bokashi composting is a method of anaerobic composting, though rather than decomposition of waste, it is a fermentation using specific bacteria. This method is faster than usual methods of composting, creates less odor, requires less space, and creates a nutritious liquid for plants frequently. How to Bokashi compost…

Composting for Beginners

Composting for Beginners What is composting? The basic concept in composting is to take your waste from food, and plants, to create a nutrient-rich medium which you can then feed to your plants. Plants need nitrate-rich foods to keep growing, you can have a more detailed read of the nitrate cycle here. Different types of composting…

How To Care for Citrus Trees in Summer

How To Care for Citrus Trees in Summer? Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to help you care for your citrus tree during these hot summer months. Citrus trees can be lemon trees, kumquat trees, orange, and caviar lime trees. There are many more of course but these are the main ones. Care…

How to Get Rid of Plant Pests Naturally this Summer?

How to Get Rid of Plant Pests Naturally this Summer? Plant Thrives or Thrips this Summer? Summer comes with a lot of good things for plants, they flourish. Tropical foliage plants love the warmth of the sun. However, the heat brings along great conditions to thrive for pests too, especially here in Spain. Recently I…

Hand-picked Plants from Planteka

Hand-picked Plants from Planteka Over these past weeks we have had some incredible new plants added to our marketplace! We wanted to share with you some hand-picked plant favourites just like the proud plant parents we are!! Here are our hand-picked plants from Planteka for this week: Alocasia Wentii. Begonia Pavonina. Rhipsalis Baccifera. String of…

How to Propagate a Calathea Orbifolia

How to Propagate a Calathea Orbifolia With our ongoing series of propagation tips, today will be about how to propagate a Calathea Orbifolia. Lets make some more plant babies!! How to propagate: Calathea Orbifolia cannot be propagated by stem or leaf cuttings… They have to be propagated by division at the roots. In spring or…

How to Encourage Growth in a Rubber Tree

If, like me, you have been struggling to grow your rubber tree (ficus elastica), you may be searching for ways to encourage growth and make it more leafy. Look no further! Español aquí This process is called notching. You notch the plant beneath some older growth, which leads to the plant putting out new growth…

Advice for Plant Care When You Travel

Advice for Plant Care When You Travel Going on holiday can be a stressful period, especially if you have so many plants (like I do!) Here are some plant care tips to help keep your plants alive while you travel: Use plastic water-bottles with the holes in the lid. Place it upside down filled with…

How to use Ollas as Self-Watering System for Plants?

How to use Ollas as Self-Watering System for Plants? Ollas are an ancient form of watering your plants during the summer months. It is a method to hydrate the soil deeper down to encourage deeper and stronger root formation, as well as ensuring much of the water does not evaporate during the heat. How to…

Care Tips to Connect to Yourself and Environment

Care Tips to Connect to Yourself and Environment Good day, plant people! I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday being connected to your plants! Here at Planteka we have been doing Sunday care tips for a while now, we feel that Sunday’s are a great time to do some plant related things, as…

How to Propagate Pilea Mollis

How to Propagate Pilea Mollis? Pilea Mollis, also known as Pilea Moon Valley, is one of our most popular plants. Here is a ‘how to guide’ for its propagation. It is very easy to propagate this plant, however, it’s the growing after which takes some time. How to propagate? Select your medium, as a standard…

Guerilla Gardening with Seed Bombs

Guerilla gardening with Seed Bombs Guerilla Gardening is the idea of intentionally re-wilding urban spaces… That don’t belong to you. The idea is that we try to get as many native plants and green spaces back into our environments as we can. How can we do it? Some important rules to follow: Native species only.…

Native Plants of Catalunya

Native Plants of Catalunya One of my big learnings from #PlantekaFest was about the necessity and scarcity of native plants being grown and sold around the world, with a specific focus here in Barcelona. The biodiversity of Barcelona and the world has been altered by the inclusion of non-native plants, which has negatively impacted the…

No Time to Rest After PlantekaFest

No Time to Rest After PlantekaFest Just a few days have passed since PlantekaFest.. and we are still in shock over how beautiful it was! Wow, what an amazing weekend… We really are so happy for all of you to have joined us for the events. After such a long period of the inability for…

A Guide for Buying New Plants

A Guide for Buying New Plants Buying new plants is an invigorating experience, but a frightening one too. Some plants can be expensive and are an investment which must be thought about carefully. Most of us will have a plant wishlist bigger than most Monsera Deliciosas, but sadly we may not be ready for all…

Things to Do When You Bring A New Plant Home

Things to Do When You Bring A New Plant Home We are asked frequently what are some key points for me to do when I bring a new plant home, so we thought we would address this question with a little guide. Integrating a plant into its new environment sometimes needs a lot of thought,…

How to Set up a Basic Hydroponic System

How to Set up a Basic Hydroponic System? Hydroponics is the concept of growing plants, mostly leafy greens and vegetables, through nutrient rich water solutions. Most of these systems are closed environments, meaning it is just this nutrient solution feeding the plant. The most basic of these methods is called the Kratky method, this is…

What are some air purifying plants

What are some air purifying plants and what do they do? Air purifiers are plants which take toxins from the air; although this is a bit of a misnomer because all plants do this with carbon dioxide when photosynthesising. So what this means is plants which have the ability to remove other toxins from the…

What is Agroforestry and Syntropic Agriculture?

What is Agroforestry and Syntropic Agriculture? We have been asked this a lot in these past days since our PlantekaFest announcement, so I will explore a little here what it is about. Agroforestry is in essence the inclusion of woody perennials (trees, shrubs, palms etc) in actively used farming lands.The purpose of which is to…

Which plants are safe for pets?

Which plants are safe for pets? This is a question we get asked often times. Surprisingly, many plants can be very harmful to pets and animals if ingested, causing some quite severe health problems for them. This is mainly due to the presence of calcium oxalates, which if ingested can cause vomiting, lethargy, digestive problems,…

How to Wash your Plants

How to Wash your Plants It’s shower time… At least for your plants… A short guide on how to wash your plants. If you are living in an old Barcelona flat like mine, then you will have realised that it will be super dusty.. Totally no fault of our own of course, these old flats…

How to Germinate a Seed

How to germinate a seed so it grows into a plant?! As we recently announced, Planteka Plant Fest is coming around sooooon! So with this series I will be sharing some information about our different focus points for this Plant Fest, these will be – Seeds, Roots, Shoots, and Leaves. How cool is it that…

Art Therapy with Plants

Art Therapy with Plants: Get Creative Get artsy and creative with your plants. Be in contact with your plants and their environments, it is a great way to reset your mind, and your body, after a long day/week/pandemic. Have a read here for more plant therapy tips. Quick guide: Choose your most beautiful plant. Here…

Propagating Plants from Roots

Propagating Plants from Roots So to finally close our series about propagation, i am going to share and explain about a method for root propagation. Roots method: Almost any section of root can be used for a cutting. Place it in your chosen rooting medium, and in a no light and sealed environment. I would…

Plant Propagation with Leaf Cuttings

Plant Propagation with Leaf Cuttings Following on from our previous posts about propagation. 1. Whole leaf cuttings:   Now this is where propagation can get frustrating. Unfortunately, leaf cuttings are super specific and don’t work for every plant. What often happens is that the leaf will create a few roots but will never produce other…

How to propagate a plant from a stem?

How to propagate a plant from a stem? Hello again! If you are following on from the previous propagation post, welcome back! If not, well aren’t you a smarty plant, jumping right into the technical post. Español aqui So the truth is that propagation can be a very complicated process, with many caveats and potholes…

A Basic Guide to Plant Propagation

A Basic Guide to Plant Propagation Now this is a fun one… Let’s make some plant babies. This is a super easy concept but with much more difficult procedure and some varied results. The propagation I will be sharing will be about plant cuttings and other materials, though this term also includes the growth from…

Trimming Plants in Spring

Trimming Plants in Spring Here at Planteka we have a secret mission, unknown even to us… We want as many plants as possible in as many spaces as possible. So in these posts we are wanting to give you as many tips and skills, and share as much information with you as we can to…

How to help a new stuck leaf unfurl?

How to help a new stuck leaf unfurl? New Leaves and Common Leafy Issues With springtime comes an exciting moment in all plant keepers calendars. New leaves and flowers!! You can probably tell my excitement by how many exclamation points I am using!! I am writing this because whilst looking at my Monstera Deliciosa one…

Why should you bottom water your plants?

Why should you bottom water your plants? Bottom watering your plants. How to water your plants better? Today is another care tip with Planteka and this one is something we can’t recommend enough. Bottom watering is one of the best things you can do for your plants, and is as simple as it sounds.  All…

Earth Day with Planteka

Earth Day with Planteka Today is Earth Day. Hurray!!! What a beautiful day to celebrate our beautiful world. It is home to so many weird and wonderful things, and I’m only talking about us. All the plants and insects and birds, and fishes, and lizards, and penguins, and foxes… Well you get the idea, it’s…

Create a Seed Bank and Grow Your Own Plants

How to guide to create a seed bank and grow your own plants Let’s begin our preparations for PlantekaFest Spring Edition.. 🙂 One of our workshop themes for this year is going to be seeds and how to make seed bombs. So with that in mind, I want to share with you a little about…

How to improve your mental health with plants?

How to improve your mental health with plants? Take care of plants and let them take care of you! I want to talk to you all about mental health, what better day to do this than on a beautiful sunny morning. During this dark and difficult period, we all need to take care of ourselves…

¿Qué es pasaporte fitosanitario para vegetales y por qué lo necesitas?

In English here. A partir del 14 de diciembre de 2019, se requiere pasaportes fitosanitarios para vegetales europeo (Reglamento de ejecución (UE) 2017/2313) para todos los artículos de plantas comercializados entre profesionales dentro de la Unión Europea (también dentro de los países). Cada planta deberá ir acompañada de un pasaportes fitosanitarios para vegetales del nuevo…

What is Plant Passport and Why Do You Need It?

Español aquí. From 14 December 2019, European plant passport (Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2313) is required for all items of plants traded between professionals within the European Union, (within countries as well). Each plant will have to be accompanied by a plant passport of the new model in order to support measures to protect against plant…

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