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Your Perfect Guide For Purchasing Tropical Plants For The First Time

Tropical plants are those beautiful elements that can add color to your house and life. Not only do they add to the beauty of your home, but also give new positive energy to your life that is much needed in today’s time. It helps to keep your house fresh and, at the same time, enables you to calm your mind and soul. 

 

While it is true that plant parenting is not exactly a walk in the garden, with a little patience and this helpful guide, you too can experience the happiness of owning little tropical plant babies.  

 

Therefore, without wasting any more time, get on with this guide and bring home some gorgeous tropical plants Queensland today! 

Do a quick planning  

As we mentioned before, plant parenting or even buying tropical plants in the first place is not a walk in the garden. There are various things that you should keep in mind while purchasing tropical plants. Answer these questions before buying any plant: 

  • What kind of tropical plants do you want? 

Before going to the nursery, have a little idea as to what kind of plants you would want or where you would want them to sit. In the living room or the bedroom? Or the garden or balcony perhaps?  

 

It would be best if you also considered things such as how the plant will go with the decor of your house. In consideration of such things, having a plan will help you narrow down your options, and thus will help you choose the right plant.  

  • How is the light there? 

Light is an essential element for the proper growth and development of plants. Especially for tropical plants, the presence or lack of light could bring in a significant change. Therefore, no matter which corner you choose, keep a note of how the light setting is there.  

 

Based on that, the nursery will be able to help you decide whether you should buy a sun-loving, shade-loving, semi-shade loving, or indoor plant.   

  • Is the plant compatible with your house climate? 

At times, it does happen that we like this one particular plant very much, but the kind of conditions it needs cannot be provided. It is better for you to choose something else then.  

 

The sort of climate that your house will be able to provide for your plant matters a lot. Purchase plants that will be able to grow in abundance in the present environment of your home, without you having to do much about it.  

 

That way, especially for the first time, it will be easier to manage and nurture the plant in the best way possible.  

  • What are your conditions? 

Other things that you must consider is the amount of time that you can dedicate to your plant babies. If you are the kind to stay at home, then we can ask you to take in delicate plants that need constant care.  

 

However, if you are the kind that has to go out every now and then for a longer period or do not have much time to spare, some plants require minimum maintenance and yet will grow beautifully. 

 

These questions can help you find that ideal tropical plant that will add the final touch of beauty to your house without you having to become an expert in gardening or plant-parenting.  

Be careful and inspect  

While going to purchase your first tropical plant, the experience might be a bit overwhelming. After all, you will see these gorgeous and lush plants, and the one thought that is almost certain to go on in your head is to bring them all home.  

 

While we do understand that feeling, hold on, and take a deep breath. Patience is the key to get your hand on the best plant. Therefore, while you are looking for your lucky plant, keep an eye out for the following: 

 

  • A sound root system in a plant will tell you whether the plant is healthy or not. Well-rooted plants will not have roots coming out of the drainage hole. You can also shake the plant and see the roots and its condition. 
  • Check for insects and pests. Especially for tropical plants, which are mostly grown in greenhouses, they can easily have insects and pests in them. Check for them under the leaves. Buying an infested plant does not just decrease their lifespan, but they can infect other plants as well, in case you plan to buy more plants in the future or already have a small garden. 
  • Do not forget to look for spots and other unnatural marks on the leaves, stems, and tips of the plants. Such plants may carry disease and will most likely not make it long.   
  • You will come across plants with damaged leaves or curled leaves. Avoid these plants, even if the nursery is offering them at a low price or even for free. These plants have a high chance of contaminating your other plants.  
  • If you spot an exceptionally shiny plant, the chances are that they have been made to shine that way to appeal to plant-buyers. Avoid these kinds of plants as they have artificial shine on them, which later ruins the crown of the plant.   

Check the conditions of the nursery too 

Lastly, the place that you are buying the plants from should be a reputed and registered nursery. They should have proper classifications and should have appropriately labeled plants to help you with what you want. A decent nursery will not only help you find the plant you are looking for but will also be able to help you with expert tips and advice.  

 

You must also consider the state of the nursery itself. Check how the condition of the nursery is from where you plan to purchase. A well-kept and clean nursery will provide you with healthy and disease-pest free plants that you can easily care for and watch them flourish.  

 

We hope that with this guide, we could help you find your perfect little tropical plant. After all, plant-parenting is such a beautiful thing! With small steps and a bit of patience, you, too, will find your home becoming a beautiful abode of lush and beautiful plants!  

 

 

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