one Consider important points
A houseplant is, of course, not a cat or a dog, it does not require such involvement and constant care. But at the same time, in order not to waste money and not regret the ruined plant, it is worth preparing by answering a short list of questions.
- It is important to consider whether someone from the household is allergic to pollen? In this case, you need to look for hypoallergenic varieties: orchids, phelenopsis, guzmania, cambria or begonia.
- How often do you leave home for more than a couple of days? Is it possible to ask someone from friends or neighbors to help? The answer to this question immediately divides all home plants into two camps for you: those that require frequent regular watering, and those that can be watered once every two weeks or less.
- Are there children and pets in the house? Their presence means that species with thorns or poisonous sap are most likely not suitable for you.
- What place are you willing to take under the potty? Is it a well-lit room, or is it in the shade most of the day? What is the average temperature at your home in winter and summer?
2 Choose the right variety
If you have never grown plants, it is best to start with some undemanding variety that does not need frequent replanting, pruning, complex fertilization and special environmental conditions.
- Aloe. It withstands heat, moderate cold, missed watering, poor soil.
- Fat woman. In another way, it is called the money tree. One of the most unpretentious house plants.
- Haworthia. Unpretentious in relation to the watering schedule, it will calmly wait while you are on vacation.
- Phalaenopsis. Beautiful flowering tropical plant that does not require special care. Suitable even for beginners.
- Eucharis. An unpretentious relative of the cactus, which will please with its beautiful flowering in December.
3 Choose a healthy plant in the store
After the type and variety have been determined, you need to carefully examine the goods offered in the flower shop. Choose an option with strong, healthy, non-falling leaves. Make sure that the foliage is uniform, the trunk is free of damage, dents and stains. Especially carefully inspect the lower part of the leaves: it should not have cobwebs or plaque.
If the soil in the pot is too dry or too damp, this indicates improper storage of the plant and, most likely, will lead to illness or death.
four Place the plant at home
Check with the seller in what soil the seedling is located. If this is a “light” soil, then the house will have to be transplanted. It is better to buy a ready-made mixture for the selected variety in advance. You should not experiment without experience, trying to independently compose the correct proportions of the soil, and even more so prepare the soil taken from the street.
If you bought a flowering plant, put it in the most lit place. In other cases, adaptation to the new environment will be better with soft diffused light.
Active watering at the initial stage is also not needed. Maintain a comfortable temperature (around 20°C) and keep out of drafts.