We buy indoor plants correctly
It should be borne in mind that plants sold in stores experience stress. This is due to the fact that indoor plants intended for sale are grown in specially equipped greenhouses, in which high humidity, necessary illumination and temperature are constantly maintained. The sellers of indoor plants are doing their best to deliver correctly and the plant looked good, but it will still be under stress.
The following stressful situation is created directly upon purchase, as at home for the plant conditions will be created that will somehow differ from those that were before.
The degree and speed of its adaptation to the conditions in your home will depend on the correct choice of a houseplant.
Rules for buying indoor plants:
- You must try to buy a young plant, because it tolerates stressful situations easier and faster, adapts to new conditions of detention. Even an unpretentious adult plant usually long and painfully adapts to new conditions. If you decide to buy an adult plant, you need to find out if the store gives first-time guarantees.
- When choosing a plant, touch the ground in a pot. The earth should not be dry or damp, but slightly moist. There should not be excess liquid in the stand, there should be no gaps and voids between the walls of the pot, there should be no green or white coating on the pot, and dust and cobwebs on the leaves of the plant itself. These conditions must be strictly observed, as this is a sign of good plant care in the store, and also virtually eliminates the infection of plants with pests and diseases.
- An important role is played by the location of the plant in the store. Most unfavorable places: walkways (plants can be dented, regularly disturbed), next to open doors (constant drafts and temperature changes), close to window glass (burns, frostbite). All these negative factors will certainly affect the plant in the future.
- Find out in the store about the regularity of watering, spraying plants, how often they rub leaves from dust.
- It is necessary to examine the plant for the absence of pests on it, plaque on the leaves and stems, brown plaques on the inner and outer sides of the leaves.
- The tips of the leaves of the plant should not be lethargic, have dry tips. Foliage should be present equally on all sides.
- If the plant blooms at the time of purchase, then you should choose a plant with a large number of buds, not flowers.
When transporting a houseplant home, you need to take care of its safety at the time of transportation. In case this happens in winter or autumn, the plant should be packed in packaging that protects against low temperatures and wind. It is optimal to transport the plants in a box.
Get ready for the fact that the purchased plant will have to go through acclimatization. To speed up and facilitate this process for the plant, it is necessary to shade it. Shading from direct sunlight for most plants is mandatory for the period of acclimatization. The temperature should be moderate, watering carefully. Do not buy indoor plants in winter.