Shopping for Plants

by | Last updated Oct 6, 2019 | Plants

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Bringing plants into your home can be a fun and life-changing experience. Indoor plants come with many benefits that create a healthy environment for you and your space. But if you don’t know what to look for, you might end up buying an unhealthy plant. To avoid all the unnecessary hassle, use this guide will help you make informed decisions when shopping for plants.

I want to simplify your buying experience and turn it into a pleasant one. After reading this, you should be able to bring home a healthy and happy plant from the start.

Before you start shopping for plants, ask yourself these questions:

Why Do I Want a Plant?
Where Will the Plant Live?
Which Plant(s) Do I Want?
What Size Plant Should I Get?
How Big Can This Plant Grow?
Where Can I Buy Plants?

Why Do I Want a Plant?

There are many reasons to bring a plant into your home. Plants have many health benefits like purifying the air, reducing stress, enhancing creativity, and creating a relaxing ambiance. Plants can also liven up and improve your home decor. No matter what your goal is, it’s important to remember that plants are living things and bringing one home will require some maintenance on your part.

Where Will the Plant Live?

Before anything, it’s important to have a basic idea of where you’ll put your plant. Do you want it on your table? By your bed? On the counter? Wherever it may be, it’s important that your plant will have access to light (sunlight or artificial grow lights). You also want to stay away from air conditioning vents, heaters, and extreme temperatures.

Which Plant(s) Do I Want?

When shopping for plants, the vast selection of houseplants available can be intimidating. If you’ve never owned a plant or kept one alive, I’d suggest starting with a low maintenance plant. A snake plant (sansevieria) or devil’s ivy (pothos) is a good place to start. You can find these at most stores. Keep in mind that some plants require more attention than others.

What Size Plant Should I Get?

Some people love small plants while others want plants that take up a lot of space. Make sure your place has adequate room for your plant and be aware that plants can grow larger with age. If you want to take home a large plant, make sure it fits in your vehicle.

How Big Can This Plant Grow?

Plants come in all shapes and sizes. With time, your plants might even grow taller than you. Growth rate varies from plant to plant—some grow fast while others may take years to see a significant difference. Although it may not be an immediate concern, it’s always better to be prepared.

Where Can I Buy Plants?

Physical Stores

My favorite way to buy plants is by going to a store and browsing their selection. I usually prefer going to a store so that I know exactly what I’m getting. Your local nursery is a great place to start when shopping for plants. They’ll usually have a large selection of plants of all types. You can also visit the garden center inside Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ikea, and Walmart. You can also find plants at your favorite market or at your local farmer’s market.

Online

There are many places to buy plants online. Buying plants online is a great way to find rare plants or plants that you don’t usually find in stores. When purchasing online, look for reputable sellers that ship to your area. You’ll find that many of the stores mentioned above sell plants online. Amazon also has a wide selection of plants to choose from. When you buy plants online, you probably won’t be able to pick the specific plant you want. Because of this, buying online is a gamble. Plants can get damaged during shipping so the longer it takes to get to you, the chances of it surviving decreases exponentially. Always use caution when purchasing online and favor the online stores that deliver fast and have great return options.

What to look for when buying plants

Now before you head over to your local nursery, garden center, market, etc., you want to make sure you bring home a plant that won’t give you any unnecessary problems. It’s a lot easier to take care of a plant that is already healthy so always examine the plant you want before buying it. You wouldn’t want a plant that’ll die in a few days, do you?

When buying plants, they may come with imperfections. In many cases, you’ll find at least one thing wrong with the plant you want. It’s important to know what to look for so you can differentiate a healthy plant from an unhealthy plant. Buying the right can save you a lot of time and headache.

Problems With Indoor Plants:

Damage
Discolored Foliage
Roots
Insects

Damage

Before many plants are available for purchase, they’re often shipped from one place to another and handled by multiple people. When you find a plant that you want, examine it for any damages. You can do this by comparing two of the same plants together. Keep an eye out for broken stems, leaves, and damaged planters.

Discolored Foliage

If a plant has yellow or brown foliage when it’s supposed to be green, this can result from overwatering or underwatering. Discoloration can also be part of its natural aging process. It’s normal to find a few discolored leaves, but if a majority of the plant is the wrong color, avoid it.

Roots

Healthy roots are lighter. Black roots can be a sign of root rot. If you can, gently remove the plant from its nursery pot and examine the roots. If you see a good mix of roots and soil, you’re good to go. If all you see are roots and barely any soil, that plant is rootbound and may need to be transplanted into a larger pot.

Insects

Unfortunately, plants can get infested with insects, and you really don’t want to bring them into your home. Insects can be a hassle to deal with, and they can even spread to your other plants. Examine the plant for small bugs on the leaves or in the soil. Small holes on leaves is a sign that something has been eating the plant. Make sure to check below the leaves cause that’s where most insects tend hide. Never bring a plant with insects home unless you can treat it immediately.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look for, go ahead and find that perfect plant to fill your space. Welcome your new plant buddy into your home. If you want to, give your plant a name. It may seem silly but singing and talking to your plant will help it live a happy life. The important thing is to be there for your plants when they need you. And if you don’t want your plant to be lonely, give your little plant buddy a plant friend. They’ll provide each other with more humidity. The more you care for your plants, the more they’ll care for you.

Where is your favorite place to shop for plants?

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