Quarantine is the temporary isolation of a houseplant that can become infested and dangerous to other greenery in the house. When it is needed:

  • You have just bought a new flower from the store. Even if it looks healthy and has a quality certificate, it may have mold spores or parasite eggs on it.
  • In the summer, you put a potted plant on an open balcony or terrace.
  • The first symptoms of disease or parasites appeared: mold, falling or stained leaves.

We tell you how to quarantine properly.

one Conduct a pre-start inspection

It is not enough just to carry the plant away from others. Before starting quarantine, conduct a thorough inspection: if the flower is still sick or there are parasites, you need to deal with the problem as soon as possible. Carefully check the leaves from above and below — parasites often settle precisely on the lower part in order to remain invisible. Examine the stem, then carefully remove the flower, along with the earthen clod, from the pot. Inspect the roots, cut off dry and rotten ones. Make sure that the soil is free of mold and insects, and if there is any doubt, change the soil.


2 Take Preventive Measures

At the beginning of quarantine, it is useful to carry out preventive treatment. So you will be sure that even if you missed something when examining the flower, the problem will be fixed. For prevention, aqueous solutions of fungicides and insecticides are usually used. Also, a wide range of biological products are sold in flower shops — they help get rid of fungus and parasites. Folk remedies are also suitable: for example, a solution of hydrogen peroxide.


3 Use the package if there is no private room

Sometimes in a small apartment there is simply no place where you can rearrange the pot for complete isolation. In this case, carefully inspect the plant and its roots, carry out prophylaxis and put on a transparent bag on top. You don’t need to tie it. In order not to create a greenhouse effect, move the pots away from the window, into the depths of the room. Such a barrier will be enough to prevent the spread of parasites, mold or fungus spores.


four Quarantine aquatic plants too

Aquarium plants are often seen as the exception to the rule, but they are not. If you bring new algae home, first plant them in an empty tank without soil, equipped with a thermometer and a lamp. Maintain a temperature of +26 ° C and change 20% of the water every 6-7 days. In 2-3 weeks, all pathogenic bacteria and microorganisms will die, and algae can be placed in the main aquarium.


5 Stick to deadlines

On average, quarantine must be observed for at least 30 days. If no signs of infection appear in a month, you can rearrange the pot in a room with the rest of the plants. But first, place it at a distance of 2-3 meters from them and leave it like that for another week. If everything is in order, put the flower in place or transplant into a pot with other plants.