Keep in mind that the plants sold in stores are stressed. This is due to the fact that indoor plants for sale are grown in specially equipped greenhouses, which constantly maintain high humidity, the required illumination and temperature. Houseplant sellers are working hard to make sure the delivery is correct and the plant looks good, but it will still be under stress.
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The next stressful situation is created directly during the purchase, because at home, conditions will be created for the plant that will somehow differ from those that were before.
The correct choice of indoor plant will determine the degree and speed of its adaptation to the conditions in your home.
Rules for buying indoor plants:
- You should try to buy a young plant, because it endures stressful situations easier and faster, adapts to new conditions of detention. Even an unpretentious adult plant usually takes a long and painful time to adapt to new conditions. If you decide to buy an adult plant, you need to find out if the store gives a guarantee for the first time.
- When choosing a plant, touch the soil in the pot. The soil should not be dry or damp, but slightly damp. There should be no excess liquid in the stand, there should be no gaps or voids between the walls of the pot, there should be no green or white bloom on the pot, and dust and cobwebs on the leaves of the plant itself. These conditions must be strictly observed, since this is a sign of good plant care in the store, as well as practically excludes infection of plants by pests and diseases.
- The location of the plant in the store plays an important role. The most unfavorable places: passages (plants can be dented, are regularly disturbed), next to open doors (constant drafts and temperature changes), close to window glass (burns, frostbite). All these negative factors will definitely affect the plant in the future.
- Find out in the store about the regularity of watering, spraying the plants, how often they wipe the leaves from dust.
- It is necessary to inspect the plant for the absence of pests, 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 sluggish, have dry tips. Foliage should be present equally on all sides.
- If the plant is blooming 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 from low temperatures and wind. The best way is to transport the plant in a box.
Prepare for the purchased plant to have to undergo acclimatization. To speed up and facilitate this process for the plant, it is necessary to shade it. Shading from direct sunlight is mandatory for most plants during the acclimatization period. The temperature should be moderate, watering should be careful. Do not buy indoor plants in winter.