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How to choose a plant in the store
This part is very important. Perhaps she will help novice growers not make mistakes that I did not make, due to my discretion. I am writing this part not for those who are already well versed in arrowroot, not for those who are bad, but equally for those who, with fire in their eyes, are ready to buy up the whole family of arrowroots cleaned up, even if there are some defects in the form of specks and other. Because I am one of such people - it’s very hard to beat and drag myself from the counters, where all the tortured flowers are … these are we resuscitators. So I will try to warn against possible mistakes. The larger your collection, the higher the degree of care should be, so that later it will not be excruciatingly painful.
Let's say there are several plants in front of you belonging to the same species. I will use my stromant as an example. We put all three (or how many of them there you have) a pot with flowers next to each other and by eye determine the one with the most leaves. If the most magnificent turned out to be the most spoiled, you have to choose from the rest the least painful and tenacious at first glance. If, after such a technique, you are left with only one root - the job is half done, no - look further, and, while analyzing, choose the lesser between two evils, see do not miss.
1. The most important thing is, of course, the roots, or rather their condition. Of course, we cannot look at them, but we can always analyze the situation. First, we inspect the ground very carefully, if necessary we touch it with our finger - check the humidity and temperature (important in winter). Naturally, there should not be a flood in the pot, but the dryness of the Sahara is no help to us. The soil should be slightly damp. Plus we make a discount on the temperature outside the window. If the flower is just after abundant (especially plentiful) watering and spraying, taking it out into the street is tantamount to murder.
2. After examining the soil and not finding mold with patina on it (this is very important!), We look at the state of the leaves. First, you need to count the number of "legs". Of course, the more, the better. By paws, I mean stems and young shoots in the soil area.
3. Examine the leaves.
If you see a lot of dry tips on the leaves - draw a conclusion about how the plant was "looked after", such a plant will get used to your home comfort and care faster than a plant without a single dry leaf. But this does not mean at all that it is necessary to drag only weakened plants into the house, and leave healthy handsome men to someone else's share. After all, it is much more difficult to leave a plant with damage. So here you can choose which is better.
You should not be afraid of such spots, even if they are in the middle of the sheet, these are the consequences of cold transportation, systemic dousing with chemistry from byak and (less often it happens in the middle of the sheet plate) dry air.
We very carefully check the leaves for the presence of ticks or thrips - these are the most common nasty things on arrowroot. It is difficult to find them on leaves with a pattern, but you can - by looking at the leaves in the light. There should be no punctures, discolored spots or streaks. Not? Wonderful.
You are very lucky if the most lush, healthy representative of the flora from the arrowroot family offered to you, turned out to be moderately nimble - released a new leaf. Take it without hesitation.
This means that the plant survived the stress of moving from the car to the store, adapted and now has a certain level of resilience (like the reproduction of wild animals in a zoo).
5. We chose a plant, but do not rush to go to the checkout - we carefully look at the bottom of the pot. If we see it in the plexus of a certain number of roots, we can rejoice and be a little upset. Rejoice, because the plant will not come to you without roots, although you do not need to be upset, if they are not at the bottom, this still does not mean anything.
Chagrin can only bring you the news that you need a transplant. And it would be better to take care of the pot in advance. Therefore, we are looking for a wide pot 2-3 cm higher and 3-4 wider than the previous one.
By the way, it would be nice if the transport pot is not very high.
So, the plant is selected Hurray-Hurray!
- Adaptation of arrowroots after purchase
- Maranta in the encyclopedia
- Growing arrowroot at home
Author of the article Lynx