Buying an indoor plant can be fun and a real stress buster. But you need to know the basics before choosing your plant to ensure that it remains healthy and grows well in your home environment.
- Basics of selecting the right plant
- Plan before buying
- Do your research and choose the right plant for your home
- Avoid impulse buys
- Know and check the signs of unhealthy plants
- Choose buds over blooms
- Check the soil and other factors
Basics of selecting the Right Plant
1. Plan before buying:
2. Do your research and choose the right plant for your home:
- Low/High Maintenance: Different indoor plants require varying levels of maintenance that will enable them to grow well. While some plants require low maintenance, others are delicate requiring high maintenance. The time and devotion that people will be required to give in ensuring the proper growth of the plant should be the determining factor when buying indoor plants.
- Basic conditions for growth: One should choose the plant depending on various factors – light, humidity, temperature and water1 requirement and also one has to keep in mind the suitable environment in which the plant can thrive.
3. Avoid impulse buys:
4. Know and check the signs of unhealthy plants:
- Wilting leaves: Wilting is one of the most common problems you might observe when caring for your houseplants. Indoor plants most commonly wilt due to under-watering. However, other common causes are overwatering, temperature stress, pests, disease, low humidity, fertilizer problems. It is vital to observe and identify the problem before taking action.
- Root-bound plants: When plants have been growing in their container too long, their roots begin to grow in circles, making it hard for them to absorb water or nutrients. A sign of a root-bound plant includes its roots growing through its container’s drainage holes.Tip the plant out of its pot (if you can) and check that it is not root-bound. Root-bound plants will have a thick mat of roots at the bottom and around the sides.
- Pests or disease: Plants can be harbouring harmful insects/ pests or diseases, which can infect nearby plants as well. Check the leaves for spots, which can be a sign of damage. Inspect the undersides of leaves and stems for pest or pest damage.
- Look over Compost: It is vital to check if there is any presence of pests at compost.
- Yellowing leaves: This can be an indicator of nutrient deficiency, overwatering or both.
- Weeds: Look closely at the top of a plant’s rootball to be sure there are no weeds lurking. You can pull the weeds out before planting.
5. Choose buds over blooms:
6. Check the soil
Other factors: Pets and Children – One factor that is easy to forget when we are buying a plant i.e., how the new plant will get along with your pets and kids. If you have young kids at home, carefully choose the plant and consider its placement.
Purchasing the Plant
How to look after your indoor plants?
1. Fulfill basic requirements:
2. Fertilizing your plants:
3. Have a tool kit:
- Watering can
- Dibber (a pointed, may be, wooden stick) for making holes in compost for seeds.
- Small trowel for tiny pots. It is used for breaking up earth, digging small holes, especially for planting and weeding, transferring plants to pots etc.
- Slim-headed trowel for larger plants.
- Small hand fork3 can be used for planting , transplanting etc.
- Small sharp knife and Secateurs(Clippers) for pruning.
- Soft Cloth to wipe leaves.
- Mister spray
- Waterproof pots and drip trays.
4. Going on vacation:
Reference links used:
1. – https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/humidity-temperature-and-watering
2. – https://myfreshair.in/indoor-plant-care-10-tips-you-need-to-know/
3. – https://www.wonkeedonkeetools.co.uk/hand-forks/what-are-hand-forks-used-for
4. – https://cwplastics.com/blog/why-you-should-clean-your-indoor-plants-regularly/