Yesterday we looked at how to choose a good houseplant – now a few tips about how to bring your new houseplant safely home.
- You want to get your plant home quickly. An overly hot car in the summer, for example is no place for a plant. It’s also not great to be bouncing your new plant around in the car. One the plant may spill out or knock against the car damaging leaves, branches, and roots, plus talk about a mess in the car. Plan to pick up plants last thing before you head home.
- Once your plant is home, unwrap if necessary and place your plant in a nice moderately warm area of the house. Keep the plant out of strong direct sunlight.
- Make sure the potting mix is nice and moist but not water drenched.
- Be careful when handling the plant if you must transplant it in a new pot. Watch out that you don’t damage roots or branches and try not to knock the blooms of a flowering plant into anything. NOTE – it’s typical for new houseplants to lose a few buds or leaves.
- After about a week of establishing the plant in the nice warm area, move the plant to it’s final home. Make sure you have a good area in mind. Most houseplants don’t like to be moved too often; especially the delicate plants.
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