How to care for your Phoenix

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What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Phoenix arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings.

Give it gentle attention; find a well lit spot, and water if the soil feels dry. After a week or so, your Phoenix will start to feel at home and start to glow.


Your Phoenix will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Phoenix in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

A Phoenix really does love a lot of light. So if you have a particularly sunny spot, put this one there. And in winter consider moving closer to the window when daily light levels are low.

Your Phoenix will prefer temperatures above 10°C. In winter don't be tempted to move your Phoenix closer to a radiator. Keep it away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Phoenix. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.


Check the top 5cm soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water.

Don't leave the plant standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away. A good tip is to pour water slowly all around the center of the Phoenix so that it filters down the base.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as your Phoenix might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Don't forget to mist your Phoenix often or use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity in the air around it.


Phoenix will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Phoenix is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your Phoenix , such as scale insect and glasshouse red spider mite.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

Diseases such as root rot and bacterial leaf spot are common to Phoenix .

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.


To keep your Phoenix looking it's very best, when lower foliage dies back, remove these leaves to extend the trunk.

However, don't prune any higher up the tree. Cut the leaves as close to the stem of the plant as possible, and use clean, sharp tools to avoid the spread of disease.

The Phoenix is likely to have compact roots and can stay in the same pot for a number of years, but when the time comes choose a pot with drainage holes that's slightly larger than its current home.

A heavyweight terracotta pot is ideal, and make sure to use free-draining compost with added drainage medium.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot that has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water

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