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Justin Stebbing’s tips how to keep home flowers healthy

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A cozy home or a com­fort­able office is very dif­fi­cult to imag­ine with­out cute plants in pots. Flow­ers, cac­ti, or exot­ic plants not only pro­vide emo­tion­al relax­ation, but also help puri­fy the air. Your «green friends» will help you for years if you use at least basic meth­ods of plant care, advis­es Cam­den Gar­den Cen­tre florist Justin Stebbing.


«The advice I will give is test­ed on myself. I live and work in Lon­don, with a fair­ly cool sum­mer – in such con­di­tions, you need to take care of plants more care­ful­ly than, say, in the South of France,» says Justin Stebbing.

Basic needs

Choose a plant by size. When choos­ing a flower, remem­ber what its size will be when it grows. Large plants don’t be in a small room. Small flow­ers can be placed on the win­dowsill or on the shelf. The green giants should be put in a spa­cious liv­ing room or recep­tion room, where they will be com­fort­able. In addi­tion, your vis­i­tors will also feel com­fort­able in the chair next to them.

Justin Stebbing about choosing flower

Light level. Sun­light is nec­es­sary for all life on earth, for plants it is the basis of bio­chem­istry. How­ev­er, too bright rays can harm your green Pets, so con­sult with experts about how much sun­light will suit your flo­ra. Shade-lov­ing plants will feel great in the semi-dark­ness, and for light-lov­ing beau­ties, pre­pare the fac­ing South win­dow and sill.

In addi­tion to light, plants need heat. If you decide to ven­ti­late the room in win­ter, there is a chance to freeze the plant-ice crys­tals formed in the cells will irre­versibly dam­age their struc­ture, and the plant will die, warns Justin Steb­bing. Heat is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for exot­ic plants, which are increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar in our region. As a rule, these guests come to us from coun­tries much warmer, so try to avoid hypother­mia. You don’t need to exces­sive­ly warm the plant, says Justin Steb­bing: the heat from the fire­place or heater is also dan­ger­ous for plants.

Water, as well as light, the nec­es­sary com­po­nent for the life of any plant, resem­bles Justin Steb­bing. Water plants should be set­tled water – not too warm and not cold. Excess liq­uid should flow freely out of the drainage hole in the pot. Do not allow over-dry­ing and water­log­ging of the soil lump.

It is impor­tant to remem­ber that not only the roots of plants need water, but also the green part. Spray the flower should, to the extent nec­es­sary. In win­ter, you need to per­form the pro­ce­dure more often, because the air in the apart­ment is dry. You can arrange a real bathing for the flower, throw­ing it with a stream from the show­er. The plant after such water treat­ments will be trans­formed lit­er­al­ly before your eyes, Justin Steb­bing promises.

You have to remember

Be sure you have the right soil, advis­es Justin Steb­bing. The com­po­si­tion of the soil should be select­ed indi­vid­u­al­ly, a suit­able mix­ture can be made inde­pen­dent­ly or pur­chased ready-made. The soil must allow water and oxy­gen and it is good to absorb mois­ture. The soil can be alka­line, neu­tral or acidic, so it will be use­ful to con­sult a spe­cial­ist about the grow­ing con­di­tions of a par­tic­u­lar plant, says Justin Stebbing.

Learn the theory of plant transplants in advance. Under nor­mal con­di­tions, plants grow, their root sys­tem increas­es, so even­tu­al­ly the plants will need to be trans­plant­ed into a larg­er container.

Not all grow­ers remem­ber that plants need to loosen the soil in a pot, says Justin Steb­bing. This facil­i­tates the process of get­ting mois­ture and oxy­gen into the soil. If you for­get about this, try insert­ing a wood­en stick into each pot to remind you of the impor­tance of loosening.

The risk of pests is always there, even if you reg­u­lar­ly take care of your green friend, says Justin Steb­bing. If you notice your plant attacked by unwant­ed guests, you should get rid of all the affect­ed areas of the plant, and then remove the insects using a sponge soaked in alco­hol solution.

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