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Five tips for choosing your plants
When it comes to plants, there are often many doubts about how to choose the right ones. Those that we not only like for their aspect or their flowering but also, and according to our hand with the gardening, they facilitate us their cultivation with 100 watt led grow light. Because let’s not fool ourselves: to successfully choose the plants that go with us, we will have to take into account different factors.
Some, far from being minor, contain a key: the difference between enjoying our plants and their maintenance or proper cultivation takes away our sleep (either because we do not see it prosper or because, putting us in the worst, we see it die slowly and this makes us desist from all those wonderful reasons for having plants at home that we discussed in this other post).
So, to avoid that disgust felt when a plant is spoiled, today we want to raise five tips to choose your plants. Five questions that we will have to ask ourselves whenever we want to incorporate a new vegetal member to our home.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS
Although we often take hold of a particular plant or flower, it is important to be realistic before taking it home. And when we say this, we mean to consider the choice of our plants in reverse: starting by asking ourselves these five questions before venturing into their cultivation.
How much time do I have to take care of my plants?
Although it may seem incidental, the truth is that time is a decisive factor in choosing the right plants for us. If you are away from home or away from home on a regular basis, it is best to choose plants that require little watering or that have lower growing requirements (by this we mean, for example, those that need a constant temperature that you may not be able to give them if you are not at home to monitor it).
This is also vital when it comes to choosing what the plants themselves should be: seeds, seedlings (when we are talking about garden crops), bulb plants or, better still, plants that have already been grown? If we have little time, there is nothing like choosing the already cultivated plants and the bulb plants (which will demand less attention than seeds or seedlings).
How much light do we have for our plants?
The orientation in which we will place our plants is fundamental when choosing the type of plants or flowers. Each plant species has its own requirements in this respect, (whether they are in direct sun, semi-shade or shade) so it will be vital for them that we faithfully respect this need when choosing a plant for one place or another.
What will be the location of the plants?
As in the previous case, it is better not to experiment with indoor plants outdoors and vice versa. Unfortunately, due mainly to temperature and wind exposure, plants have a very specific location. For that reason, it is necessary to consult very well which is the ideal habitat of each one of them and to differentiate which plants we will be able to enjoy inside house, in the terrace or balcony, or, even, in the garden.
What are the needs of each plant?
Far from being something that we look at once we have the plant at home, it is essential that we pay attention to the specifications that we will find in each pot and, furthermore, that we ask to know more about what its cultivation involves. An ideal way to know, beyond those basic indications of the pot (sun, temperature or watering), what are those other cares it will demand: whether it needs a transplant or not, what is the dimension it can reach, if it is necessary to fertilize it regularly, if it will demand a pruning at a certain time of the year, etc.
To complete what we can find in the pot, there is nothing like asking our Flower and Plant colleagues. Professionals who will help you know if that pot you have fallen in love with is the ideal one for you.
Which plants are easier to grow?
At this point, there is no universal maxim and nothing like letting professionals advise us on choosing the most suitable plants for our level of gardening knowledge. And, curiously enough, we will discover that even if plants are not our forte, we can find plant species to suit us (if you have indoor plants in mind, be sure to take a look at this post on five tough proposals).