Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Choose a Houseplant

When you've decided to add a new live plant to your family, there are some things to consider first. If you are new at this, you may want to go to a local nursery or florist and ask their advice. For example, they should be able to help you choose an easy-to-grow plant for beginners. If you are a busy person, they may tell you to pick out a larger plant that will not need to be watered often. If you like to dote on things, they may show you some smaller plants that will need a fair amount of attention.

You should be aware of how much sunlight comes into your home and which direction the windows face. If you have a in a specific place in your home where you would like a plant to  live, it would be wise to note how much light is available there. That will make a big difference in whether or not you will be successful. Be sure to ask for watering instructions. This will also make an tremendous difference in your success. 

Look at the plant. Much like choosing vegetables, if it's showing a lot of yellow and brown leaves, pass it by. It should look good and healthy to start off with. Ask how large it will get and decide if you will be able to keep it as it grows along. And ask if it needs any other regular maintenance such as pruning to keep it in tip top shape.

Those few tips should get you started on having a thriving relationship with your plants and help you develop the confidence you need to discover that yes, you can cultivate a green thumb!

Last, but not least, this blog will available to you all the further information you can use!


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