Life without flowers is unimaginable. Or don’t you like flowers? They can perfectly decorate the interior, create the right and soothing atmosphere, but also clean the air, which is their huge advantage. Previously, such plants were only available in gardening shops, florists and designated places. Nowadays, you can even get a plant in a supermarket. Especially in supermarkets, plants are less guarded, even if they look fresh and perfect at first sight, they can quickly wilt after being bought and taken home. This is because they are very chilled or not treated as they should be. How do you choose the right plant that will last?
Healthy leaves are crucial
If you want to buy a beautiful plant at the supermarket, check its appearance. Its leaves should be firm, nice, unbroken, and above all, the colour of the plant should match. However, if you see a slightly wilted plant, do not avoid it, it is only lacking water. If the leaves are wrinkled and brownish, do not buy the plant. Such a flower may start to rot or, despite a change of substrate, may contain mould that will make the plant impossible to save or very problematic.
The color of the leaves and their eventual coloration is important. If there is a faded spot on one side of the leaf, It is due to a lack of chlorophyll. This can easily be supplemented with fertiliser. Other leaf discolouration, such as a white or brown spot on the top and underside, may be a sign of fungus. Such problems are very difficult to get rid of, so it is better to avoid such a plant.
Plants can have small insects on them, especially on the underside of the leaves, which you can take home unnoticed and infect other plants indoors in this way. The best known is the Mealybugs – small insects of white colour. Also, if you see a thick white web in the underside of a leaf, avoid that plant.
Plants in the store usually have a substrate that is used to grow quickly. The soil should be slightly moist or drier. On the other hand, if the soil is very wet, the roots may rot, leading to early death. It is advisable to repot the plant immediately after purchase. It is a good idea, but not necessary, to spray the roots with a fungicide before transplanting it into other soil. Then replant the plant. If you have treated the roots, wait a few days before watering for the first time.