When choosing a new houseplant look for the following danger signs…
- Roots coming out of the bottom of the pot drainage holes. This is a plant that should have been re-potted long ago. Often these plants will be lacking nutrients and even if you re-pot that may not thrive.
- Moss on pots. This also means that a plant has been sitting in the same pot for far too long. It’s a sign that restricted plant growth has been going on for a while. You can remove the moss, but the plant may never thrive.
- Slime. NEVER buy a plant that has slimy looking potting soil. Not a good sign.
- Wilting leaves means the plant has likely been sitting in too wet or dry of potting mix. It could recover, but why buy a bad plant to start with?
- Lack of labels. Each and every plant you buy should be clearly labeled.
Also look for the following possible red flags…
Really nicely flowering plants – too many blooms is actually a bad sign if the look you’re going for is full bloom at home. Plants that have been blooming for a while may be getting ready to stop. A better buy is to get a plant with some blooms but many unopened buds as well.
The wrong size pot. If a small plant is in a large pot or a large plant is in a small pot it’s likely been deprived of nutrients or may be sitting in stagnant soil. You may want to consider a plant if it otherwise looks healthy but you need to re-pot the plant in the proper sized pot.
Cheaper than cheap prices may indicate a problem. May not, but you never know.
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