To be honest, I am not a fan of flowers bought in store: overfed boots seem to me unnaturally large and bright. Well, it is not necessary to talk about other characteristics – the survival of such a gift can rarely boast. The grass may have been greener in the past, but I’m sure the purchased flowers are less viable now than they were 10 years ago.
On the one hand, getting a living plant is always more pleasant than a bouquet, but how great is the disappointment when the flower has to be sent to the trash can, especially if it is a gift from a person dear to you? If you still believe that this is only your fault and that it was you who made the mistake of leaving, I hasten to assure you that this is not always the case.
Often the «living» product is already doomed to death, but its fate is still masked by excessive decorative effect.
Why don’t the bought flowers survive?
You must have caught yourself on the idea that the plants on sale exist in unusual conditions. The supermarket stand can be located in a corner where there is not so much artificial light, not to mention the present; individual pavilions are also not distinguished by a well-designed lighting system. But the flowers themselves seem to overlook these inconveniences…
Why is that? The florist may be located in Belgium and one needs to make a profit in one’s romantic business. With the use of growth stimulants waiting for an unusually lush and early flowering is not difficult – so why spend more time on what can be achieved without unnecessary effort?
For ease of application of nutrients, flowers are grown on hydroponics in the peat or mixture based on it, such substrate is not able to give the roots the necessary nutrition. Is it necessary to say that the plant turns into a «vegetable», which is no longer able to carry out metabolic processes according to the planned nature scenario? As long as the application of stimulants continues, store colours do not need light, they do not care about the soil – this effect will last for the duration of implementation, perhaps a little longer. In addition, the lack of care for the dosage of irrigation often leads to the development of fungal diseases, which may not manifest themselves for a long time until their existence is confirmed to be fatal.
Does this mean that any store flower will surely die? Not necessarily. If you choose the healthiest copy and take action immediately after purchase, the chances of success are there.
What to do with the purchased plant?
First of all, be sure to transplant the «new» in a suitable earthen mixture – at the same time and check the root system. If there are rotten roots, they should be cut off, capturing a patch of healthy tissue. If you are «lucky» in the roots to find parasites, it is better to leave the plant only cuttings for reproduction and quickly get rid of the affected part.
When dismantling the roots, try to remove as much of the old substrate as possible. Peat is quite difficult to crack, so be careful not to cause additional damage to the plant. Unfortunately, the transplant itself does not always help, but the transfer gives good results because the root system formed under normal conditions will function much better accustomed to stimulants.
And, of course, do not forget about quarantine: many parasites and diseases can be invisible at the initial stage. To keep your collection intact, take the gift away from other instances. In a month, the exhaust plant will grow new leaves of normal size and will feel much better, and you can safely put it on the common window sill.