Five common mistakes when buying indoor plants

By Andrii MaistrenkoApr 19, 2024 09:36 AMGarden
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Five common mistakes when buying indoor plants
Five common mistakes when buying indoor plants. Source: www.homesandgardens.com

Buying houseplants can sometimes be impulsive, and like any other purchase, it is therefore important to be careful and cautious. Whether it's for aesthetics or personal pleasure, avoiding these common mistakes will help ensure a successful experience when choosing flowers, SSPDaily tells.

1. Impulsive and ill-considered purchases

Before you buy a plant, it is very important to consider the specific requirements for caring for a new tenant. Assess whether your living space receives enough sunlight for the needs of the flower. Failure to consider these factors can lead to unpredictable costs and disappointment.

2. Compatibility with the microclimate

Each plant thrives in a specific microclimate. It is important to assess whether a new plant can adapt to the existing conditions on your windowsill. Creating optimal conditions may be necessary to ensure that the plant grows in the right conditions.

3. Choosing the right time to buy

Winter is usually a dormant season for plants when minimal flowering naturally occurs. Species such as roses, violets, cacti, and aloes can go into hibernation. Some plants, such as azaleas, bloom between spring and summer.

Buying winter-blooming plants may mean that they have been artificially stimulated with additives, potentially depleting their vitality. Be prepared to provide additional care and create appropriate conditions to support them.

4. Care after purchase

The environment in flower shops often contrasts sharply with the conditions in winter apartments. Therefore, when your new plant moves to a dry indoor climate, it may experience stress. During this period, careful care is very important: regular spraying, inspection for damage, and removal of unhealthy leaves.

5. Quarantine and preventive measures

It is unwise to immediately mix a newly purchased plant with those already on your windowsill. It is recommended to quarantine for a couple of weeks. This precaution will help prevent the introduction of pests or diseases to the healthy plant community that already exists in your home. Don't assume that the plant is completely healthy and make sure the soil is sterile before planting it in its permanent location.

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