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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Houseplants - Varnish + Vine

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Houseplants

If you home or work space, or even that little corner in your house to work from home, needs a little sprucing up, then nothing works better than keeping indoor plants. They are one of the hottest interior designer trends since the past some time and rightly so. There are more benefits of keeping indoor plants than you can count on your fingers. They liven up your house, improve your mood and, increase your productivity and of course clean up the air inside your home. Scroll through any interior decoration magazine and will see plants placed in bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. If you are someone who is looking to bring home a few plants and don’t know where to begin then we can help you. 

How do I start?

As with all things, before you master the art, you must take easy and small steps. In this case it means buying plants that are easy to maintain. Do not get anything too complicated upfront as you might not be able to properly maintain it. Do not get any plant that has very specific requirements of sunlight, water or fertilization. Get plants that can easily be placed in handmade clay planters and can be kept alive without too much attention and upkeep. Care instructions are generally mentioned on the plants, so before buying take a quick glance if you will be able to give it the care required. 

Buy it from a shop or online store?

Both are equally good options. If you are buying online, you will be able to see a photo and will be given detailed instructions regarding the its shape, size and the expected growth rate per year. You will also have a detailed list of requirements vis-à-vis soil, water, sunlight, drainage and fertilization. When shopping for Montrose cactus or other indoor plants at, you are also given a list of issues that can possibly creep up with the plant. You get a 30-day return in case you receive the plant in a damaged condition or arrives dead. 

Is it okay to keep plants if I have pets?

You need to be careful if you have pets in your house. This is for the safety of both the plants as well as your ball of fur. Some plants like English Ivy can lead to vomiting and stomach upsets. If you are getting a cactus like Peruvian apple cactus Arizona, then make sure you keep them in places where your pets cannot reach as they hurt them otherwise. 

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How do I repot the plant?

You will not have to go through the hassle of repotting the plants if you get them in handmade clay pots for plants. If that is not the case, then just get a pot with a drainage hole and put the entire thing in it. However, after a while if pot starts drying out faster or if the roots start jutting out, then you know it is time to repot the plant. When, replanting it is important to remember that your new pot is only one size bigger. If your plant is potted in a 4-inch pot then do not get more than a 6-inch pot.

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