Five tips for choosing your plants

When it comes to plants, many questions often arise about how to choose the right ones. Those that we not only like for their appearance or their flowering but also, and according to our hand with gardening, facilitate their cultivation. Because let’s not fool ourselves: to successfully choose the plants that accompany us, we will have to take into account different factors.

Some that, far from being minor, contain a key: the difference between enjoying our plants and that their maintenance or correct cultivation keeps us awake at night (either because we do not see them prosper or because, putting ourselves in the worst, we see them die slowly and this makes us give up all those wonderful reasons to have plants at home that we already discussed in this other post).

Thus, to avoid that disgust that we feel when a plant spoils us, today we want to propose five tips for choosing your plants. Five questions that we will have to ask ourselves whenever we want to incorporate a new plant member into our home.


Although on many occasions we fall in love with a particular plant or flower, it is important to be realistic before taking it home. And when we say this, we mean considering the choice of our plants in reverse: starting by asking ourselves these five questions before venturing into their cultivation.

How much time do I have to take care of my plants?

Although it seems accessory, the truth is that time is a decisive factor when choosing the most suitable plants for us. If we spend seasons away from home or we are absent from it on a regular basis, the ideal is to lean towards plants that require little watering or with lower demands in terms of cultivation (by this we refer, for example, to those that need a constant temperature that perhaps we cannot give them if we are not at home to control it).

This is also vital when choosing how the plants themselves should be: seeds, seedlings (when we talk about garden crops), bulb plants or, better, already grown plants? If we have little time, there is nothing like choosing those that have already been cultivated and those with bulbs (which will require less attention than seeds or seedlings).

Identifying the needs of each plant will be key to knowing if it is the right one for us

How much light do we have for our plants?

The orientation in which we will place our plants is essential when choosing the type of plants or flowers. Each plant species has its own requirements in this regard (whether direct sun, semi-shade or shade) so it will be vital for them that we faithfully respect this need when choosing a plant for one place or another.

What will be the location of the plants?

As in the previous case, it is better not to experiment with indoor plants outdoors and vice versa. Unfortunately, and mainly due to temperature and wind exposure, the plants have a very specific location. For this reason, it is necessary to consult very well what the ideal habitat of each of them is and differentiate which plants we can enjoy inside the house, on the terrace or balcony, or even in the garden.

Respecting the light needs and location of each plant will help us enjoy them

What needs does each plant have?

Far from being something that we look at once we already have the plant at home, it is essential that we pay attention to the specifications that we will find in each pot and, furthermore, that we ask to find out more about what its cultivation implies. An ideal way to know, beyond these basic indications of the pot (sun, temperature or irrigation), what other care it will require: if it needs a transplant or not, what size it can reach, if it needs to be paid on a regular basis, if it will demand a pruning at a certain time of the year, etc.

To complete what we can find in the pot, nothing like asking our colleagues from Flowers and Plants. Professionals who will help you know if that pot you have fallen in love with is the ideal one for you.

What plants are easiest to grow?

At this point, there is no universal maxim and there is nothing like letting ourselves be advised by professionals to choose the most appropriate plants for our level of gardening knowledge. And, curiously, we will discover that even if plants are not our forte, we can find plant species to suit us (if you have indoor plants in mind, be sure to take a look at this post about five resistant proposals).

And yes, you still have doubts about how to choose plants correctly, let us help you! Come and see us and our colleagues will guide you so that you can enjoy them without headaches

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