7 Tips for Buying Indoor Plants

7 Tips for Buying Indoor Plants

The older the plant, the greater the risk

The large size and status of elite plants should not be misleading. High prices do not mean better or more reliable than smaller, younger seedlings. Quite the opposite. Younger and smaller plants are much better at adapting to change, while older plants lose much of their ability to cope with changes in the landscape.

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Time of year for plant purchases

Luxurious houseplants can be found all year round. But you should pay special attention to the weather and conditions you transport your plants. Even the slightest period spent in uncomfortable conditions during the harsh mid-autumn to early spring winters, on the way from the store to your home, is crucial for the plants to adapt.

Try all the advice and keep conditions

When buying expensive houseplants, you will usually be given detailed instructions on how to grow them. It is worth asking the florist what kind of care the plant is used to. Of course, you don’t have to do this, but it is one of the easiest tips to clarify the advisor’s self-awareness and point out some of the tricks that florists should be wary of.

There is no substitute for a thorough inspection of the plant

No matter how shiny the leaves are and how gorgeous the plant looks, you should never make an expensive purchase without a thorough inspection. Even if the plant looks healthy and fresh from a distance, an up-close inspection will help you spot the defects hidden by the polish. Ask to place the plant in a very well and evenly lit area and inspect it carefully.

Time of Year for Buying Indoor Plants Purchases

It is worth hesitating to buy

Once you’ve found a plant, you shouldn’t rush to buy it on the same day. The prospect of having large, showy, and very beautiful plants in your home does not always outweigh the expense and risk of an expensive purchase. Consider the information available on the Internet or in reference books about varieties and species carefully, highlight the key points in cultivation and consider where you want to put the plant. It needs to be given ideal conditions, not just the most spectacular location.

Packaging for shipping

Ensure your expensive purchase is shipped or packaged correctly so that the plant is least likely to be damaged during shipping. In the store, you should wrap it in a special material or protective box to prevent it from being subjected to drastic changes during shipping. Additional insulation is necessary if the outside temperature is below 64 °F (18 °C).

Quarantine is a must

For all houseplants, without exception, the chances of survival depend directly on whether the plant has received the proper conditions and care during the first few weeks. For larger, more expensive plants, the period of acclimatization to their new home is critical. Plants should remain in quarantine for 1–2 weeks. You should also isolate them from your houseplants so that they are in an intermediate state, in a more gentle state, and any signs of pests or diseases can be detected.

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