What Are Some Tips I Should Remember For When I First Get My New Plant Home?

What are some tips I should remember for when I first get my new plant home? When buying a potted plant from a nursery, place the original garden pot into a decorative pot. Decorating a home has so many...

Decorating a home has so many different areas that must be addressed.

There's the color of the carpet, the style of the furniture, and the length of the curtains that all normally take center stage when it comes to fixing up a room.

Once the carpet has been laid, the furniture has been moved around the room three or four times, and the curtains changed at least twice, most decorators will then move on to the accessories.

Pictures on walls and vases on tables are fine, but nothing completes a room like a plant.
Not only are plants great for decorating, but they also give off oxygen into the atmosphere, so having a few in your house definitely can't hurt.

However, when a home owner decides to bring home a plant, they must understand the care a plant involves.

Ernst Swietelsky is the president of Pots Company. He has been in the business for more than 30 years. They first started importing wicker pots but now concentrate solely on ceramics.

Swietelsky has exact advice on how to take care of a plant when you first bring it home from the nursery.

"We suggest that every plant stays inside the original plastic pot from the nursery," he said. "If the plant dies, it is very easy to pick the plastic pot out of the decorative pot and replace it with something else. If it's planted directly inside the decorative planter, it becomes a huge headache. When it becomes a larger plant, it's hard to get all the dirt out when switching pots and you make a huge mess."

While choosing the right pot for your plant is very important, choosing the right kind of plant is just as important too.

Experts advise consumers who are looking to purchase a plant to always buy one with a care label on the side. This will help the consumer understand the needs and specifications of the plant they are choosing.

A good way to decide which plant will best suit you are by the three elements that a plant needs to survive: how much light the plant needs, how much water it needs, and how much sun it requires to grow. By determining these factors about a plant before purchasing it, experts say that consumers will greatly increase the lifespan of the plant they choose.

The most important detail to know about a plant when you first get it home is that it doesn't need to be fed or fertilized for at least six weeks. While feeding a plant is a must for its survival, new plants have enough nutrients in their compost to continue growth for a month and a half.

Also, some flowering houseplants have dormant periods when they require less water and food to grow. Consumers should check to see if they are taking a plant home that falls in this category to reduce the possibility of over feeding or watering.

Last but certainly not least, it's alright to talk to your plants. Talking to your plants allows you to release carbon dioxide on the plant as well as giving you an opportunity to search for bugs or disease.

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