Almost everybody likes to surround themselves with indoor plants because they are a guarantee of clean air and a way to decorate a house tastefully. Sometimes, plants can even replace a pet since caring for them is also a pleasant and rewarding process.
So you have been passing a plant shop and somehow come out with a new friend in a pot. At this point, you might wonder where to put the plant, how to treat it properly, which pot to pick up for it, and so on. In order to avoid so many questions and thoughts, we have created a checklist for you to follow up!
Are you sure you have everything you need? Before leaving the plant shop, think if you have all the equipment to keep your new friend alive. Namely:
- Pot: choose the best and most beautiful one that will fit into your interior
- Fertilizer as plants need to be “fed” from time to time
- Funnel: water is not forgotten!
- Soil for transplanting plant into a new pot.
If you’ve bought everything you need, then you’re ready to leave the flower shop!
We are home!
When you come home, it is essential to choose a suitable place for your plant. Some plants need a lot of light, and some don’t prioritize it. Thus, find out what type of light your new friend prefers. If it requires a lot of light, you have to take extra care. In summer and autumn, daylight increases, and during winter and autumn, it decreases, so you have to adapt to these factors.
Also, pay attention to the window directions: be especially careful with windows facing south and north. Most plants do not like being placed in bright sunlight or, vice versa, in a place with no direct sunlight at all.
This is a crucial point because the correct soil is the key to easy plant development. After bringing a plant from the store, you need to know all the nuances of the process of repotting. Get the simplest hints!
- The pot must be several centimeters bigger than the previous one. This is to make the root system feel comfortable and give it some space to grow.
- Put the drainage at the bottom of the pot. This helps to remove excessive water and enables the roots of the plant to breathe. You can use little stones, ceramic drainage, styrofoam pieces, or little pieces of brick. Put the drainage at the bottom before adding soil.
- Use suitable soil. The mixture can be different depending on the plant species, but universal potting soil fits almost all of them.
These are the essential pieces of advice: if you need more detailed instructions on replanting, do not hesitate to find the guidelines in one of our articles.
4. Care recommendations
Successful transplantation is an essential process, yet not a guarantee of success. Now, you need to take care of the plant regularly. Don’t worry: following these simple hints will keep the plant well-maintained.
- Wipe the dust off the leaflets of the plant; they like it very much! Wipe the leaflets with dry or wet rags. We recommend wet ones as they provide additional moisture for the plant.
- Keep the plant away from heating appliances, radiators, and direct sunlight as the leaves will quickly dry from asphyxiation.
- If you plan to travel for a long time and there is no one to care for the plant, use the automatic irrigation for domestic plants. It can be bought in most flower shops.
- If you see roots on the surface of the soil, then it’s a call to transplant the plant into a new, bigger pot. Replant your plant every 2-3 years to let it grow.
Indoor plants have many advantages: they purify the air, reduce stress, help relax, even calm the eyes and increase appetite. If you feel the urge to have a pet in a pot, then have a go; you won’t regret it!