Keeping plants inside has been shown to increase air quality by up to 25%, according to a recent study. Plants also do double duty by purifying the air and adding a soothing, optimistic vibe. When we’re surrounded by greenery, we feel a deeper sense of unity with the natural world.
Many people, not just people who enjoy plants, are influenced by all these causes to start growing their own. Plants that are healthy will take less time to become established and will need less attention in the long run.
The main impressions are that all the vegetation in the plant shops is thriving and beautiful. They usually are. On the other hand, there are situations when a few simple checks can keep you from taking home a lemon. Before bringing an issue into your home, take a moment to carefully inspect your purchase.
Standards of the plant shop
Focus on the big picture in the plant division. Examine how well the majority of plants display signs of being healthy and well-maintained. If a lot of plants in an area are brown or wilted, it’s likely that the rest aren’t getting enough care.
How to identify healthy indoor plants
Select a Plant With Strong Leaves
When it comes to a plant’s overall well-being, the leaves are frequently a reliable indicator. Leaves that are browning or yellowing indicate that a plant is getting too much or too little water, or is in the improper position for its exposure.
Be on the lookout for any blotches of pale or black leaves, since these are the signs of an infection that could extend to your large indoor plants. Look for signs of insect damage, like webs or nibbled foliage. Rather than taking any chances, it’s best to avoid plants with these symptoms.
Ignore long-sitting plants in the Nursery
Nurseries are intended to be temporary storage facilities for plants before they are sold. Plants that aren’t purchased right away, however, may remain in their containers for several weeks, months, or even years. What’s wrong with that? Roots continue to expand even while a plant is dormant in its plant shop pot. Most roots spread outward as they develop. When contained, however, the roots tend to grow radially instead of spreading out. Resulting, the plant becomes weak and eventually dies because its roots are unable to get the water and nutrients they need.
If a plant is at risk of becoming root bound, a garden centre may choose to transplant it into a larger pot. However, this is seldom true. When a plant has been in a similar container too long, how can you tell if it needs to be repotted?
The roots of a plant may not always be visible in the container, but there are still a few telltale signals that it is thriving. You can tell whether a plant is root bound if its roots are starting to grow through the drainage holes in the container’s bottom. The presence of weeds in the container is another indication that the plant has been potted for too long.
Check the Plant Tag
Before purchasing a plant, read the label to avoid buyer’s remorse. Check its size. If you don’t have enough space, you’ll have to prune it often. See what exposure it prefers. Try not to coddle a plant that was planted in the wrong section.
Other useful information may be on labels. Find out how much water it needs, what wildlife it attracts (bees, butterflies, hummingbirds), and its bloom colour.
Bring these gardening basics to the nursery next time. Then you’ll have healthy plants for your garden.
If you have dogs or small children, you should take extra precautions to ensure that the plants you choose won’t harm curious animals or toddlers who could grasp or chew on the plants. Large indoor plants are similar to delectable savours. There must be more than one. We view our addiction to plants as beneficial!