6 Considerations When Buying Houseplants
Check for pests! Examine the plant's leaves (top and underside), stem and soil for little bugs.
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Also give give the plant a gentle shake to check for fungus gnats that could be living in the soil!
Check for disease! Don't assume that a plant grown in a nursery is disease free.
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Look for leaf spot (brown spots with yellow halos), mold (fuzzy grey spots) and white mildew (white powder on leaves).
Soil: If soil is dry and cracked, the plant has been experiencing drought like conditions. A hardy plant will be okay but a delicate one might not be.
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Roots: Roots emerging from a pot have been sitting in the air and could be dried out and dead. What is shown here is fine but a huge growth is bad.
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Also check the roots for rot, especially is the soil is very wet. They could have been accidentally overwatered.
Toxicity. If you have pets or even small kids, research a plants toxicity if they are prone to messing with plants.
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The light levels in your home. If you have north facing windows and buy a plant that needs full sun, you won't be able to provide the required light.
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