You are about to buy a plant. Before buying, we advise you to ask yourself a few questions that will help you compile a list of plants that are suitable for you.
1. Do I want the plant to remain decorative all year round? Many flowering plants, after the flowering period, lose their attractiveness, while decorative-leaved plants retain it all year round.
2. How much time can I devote, how much patience and skill do I have? Many plants are unpretentious to care for, but it takes a lot of experience and time to grow special, exotic plants.
3. How much can I spend on purchasing plants? If you have a modest shopping budget, buy small, inexpensive plants to grow later. Or grow the plant from purchased seeds and cuttings.
4. What shape and size of plant do I want? Decide what is more interesting for you - foliage or flowers, it will be upright or hanging plants or vines.
5. What are the conditions for keeping the plant? How much will the room be heated in winter and what kind of lighting will the plants have?
Before buying, look around the condition of the plants for sale. Are the plants standing in a draft? Is the temperature in the sales area optimal enough? How dry is the indoor air?
Take your favorite plant pot by weight. If it is too light, and the earthen lump in the pot lags behind the walls, then the plant has an incorrect watering regime. Also, do not take plants whose soil is too wet. Such a plant will have to be treated for a long time, since a possible excess of moisture could cause rotting of the roots.
The plant should be carefully examined for any insects that may be hiding on the shoots, the lower parts of the leaves. And the plant itself should look healthy and fresh.
If you think that the larger and more expensive the plant is, the better it is, then you may be wrong. Except perhaps for such annuals, brovallia, and very slowly growing palms, cheaper, young, small plants adapt better to new conditions than older ones. Young plants are not so sensitive to changes in conditions of detention, they are easier to transport and take root faster in a new place.
It is best to transport the plant with your own car on the seat in the cabin. However, in any case, first make sure the plant is wrapped tightly in paper. In winter and autumn, take care of additional packaging (box) with insulation for the plant.
Protect the plant leaves from damage and the plant itself from drafts.
When you arrive home, carefully unfold the plant and water it. For the plant to acclimate, place it in a relatively cool place for 2-3 days.
For the next 6-8 weeks, do not expose the plant to direct sun, make sure that it does not stand in a draft. The place should be moderately warm, watering is also not too abundant.
It is possible that some delicate plant species will lose their leaves, but do not move the pots of these plants often. It is best to place the pot in a permanent, well-lit place, especially for flowering potted plants sold during the winter.
For the normal life of indoor plants, in order for them to develop, bloom and bear fruit, it is necessary to create appropriate conditions, which are:
Houseplants can be purchased throughout the year, but the most delicate types of plants are best purchased from late spring to mid-autumn. During the spring and summer, they manage to get used to indoor conditions.