What is PlantDoc?
PlantDoc is a patent pending creation by Daphne’s Botanicals that helps anyone have a green thumb. Over and under watering are the biggest killers of houseplants, and so we’ve made a biodegradable, vibrant, affordable and easy to use tool to help keep your plants happy and healthy.
How can PlantDoc help me?
Over and under watering are the biggest killer of houseplants. Changing seasons, heat and A/C use, and household humidity are all examples of indoor environmental conditions that affect your houseplants’ soil. One season’s under watering becomes the next season’s overwatering and suddenly your plants’ leaves are yellowing and falling off. With PlantDoc, you can visualize the moisture level of your plant’s soil and consistently give your plant the amount if water it needs regardless of your home environment.
How does PlantDoc work?
Just like your plants, PlantDoc absorbs water up from the soil. But instead of just relying on watching your plant's leaves perk up, PlantDoc changes color to visually show you when the soil is wet. To use, simply insert the stem of your PlantDoc fully into the soil and water your plant as usual. When your soil is completely wet, you’ll see the full color of the PlantDoc. As the soil dries, the PlantDoc will turn white from top to bottom, mirroring the moisture in your plant’s soil. If there’s still a little color at the bottom of your PlantDoc, the soil still has enough moisture for most types of houseplants. Wait until the surface and base are completely white before you re-water your plant (unless your plant likes wet soil constantly, like some carnivorous and tropical plants).
How long does PlantDoc last?
About 3 months if you water regularly, but if your soil is especially wet or has decomposers (i.e. mold, snails, etc.) in it, you might see PlantDoc begin to break down earlier. Likewise, drier/faster draining soil will extend how long PlantDoc lasts and keeps its shape and appearance. But even when breaking down, PlantDoc continues to work!
What do I do with my PlantDoc when I’m done with it?
PlantDoc is made from biodegradable material and is fully compostable. Please compost it if possible!
Part of my PlantDoc doesn’t change color. Is it still working?
PlantDoc will change color when exposed to any moisture. The more moisture in your plant's soil, the higher up the color change on PlantDoc. PlantDoc should fully change color when set in a 4” pot with soaked standard potting soil. Smaller, shallower pots or rocky soils won’t hold enough water to completely change the PlantDoc’s color up to the top, but you can still follow the color change at the base of PlantDoc to guide when to re-water. The top 2" of soil is usually still wet if the base of PlantDoc still has obvious color change on it.
Can I cut PlantDoc to size?
Yes! PlantDoc retains its functions even when cut into pieces. If your soil isn’t deep enough for the full 2” stem to be inserted, just cut it down to the right size and it'll still work.
I’m seeing mold or bugs on my PlantDoc - should I be concerned?
Because PlantDoc is biodegradable, some decomposers that may live in your plant’s soil can help break PlantDoc down, revealing themselves to you in the process. Mold appears as a white, fluffy cloud, often as a result of overwatering or poor drainage. Use the PlantDoc as instructed for 4-8 weeks and your mold problem may disappear. Other pests should be addressed depending on what they are and if you consider them a problem for your plants.
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