Houseplants can instantly add a fresh new touch to the decor of your Ventura home. Through color, texture, and shape, houseplants are a quick and beautiful addition to any room. They also provide many benefits for you and your family by improving the home's air quality, helping reduce many illnesses, increasing focus and reducing fatigue, and so much more. Not sure where to start with your indoor green thumb? Here are some helpful tips to find the best houseplants for your Ventura home!


1. Decide where you want to put the plant(s) within your home. What is the interior design of the space? How much lighting does that area get? There are plants to fit every single one of your needs but you need to make sure you find a plant that will thrive and tastefully match the particular location.


2. Make sure you only buy your plants from reputable stores. The quality of care received by the plants while at the store will determine the longevity of the plant once you bring it home. The plants should look healthy and properly cared for when you see them.


3. Don't limit your buying to the stores. Check out garden magazines and catalogs for more unique options. However, make sure any companies you order through offer a money back guarantee in case damage occurs in transit. You can also find unique offerings of plants through plant societies.


4. Decide whether you want to care for a plant that has already begun to grow or want to start it from a seedling. Both have different needs for care so it is important to evaluate what your time availability is.


5. Do a good visual examination of the plant before your purchase. Look at the color, firmness, and fullness. Make sure there are signs of new growth. If you are picking out a flowering plant, choose when the is not in full bloom as it will not last as long. An important part of the visual examination is checking for diseases and insects. Look at the spots where branches and stems meet. Avoid buying plants with any evidence of disease or insects as these can quickly spread to other plants in your home.


6. Along with looking at the the plant, you should feel the soil. Check if it is too compacted or too loose. Poor soil will stunt the plants growth. If you determine that the soil is poor, this does not need to deter you from purchasing the plant. It simply means that you should repot the plant when you get home.


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