When we buy a plant from a greenhouse we have to bear in mind that the conditions it has lived in up to now are different from those it will find in our home or garden. Because of that, we have to do a number of things so that it can adapt as soon as possible and grow.
The acclimatization of plants is a very important process through which all those that we acquire must go through . And you have to do it well, little by little, so that they don’t get wilted.
- 1 Acclimatization to direct sun
- 2 Cold acclimatization
acclimatization to direct sun
Sometimes we buy plants that need direct sunlight to develop well, but having been in a greenhouse for a while, receiving care that has turned them into very beautiful plant beings, they “know” nothing else. For this reason, when we put them in a sunny exposure, their leaves immediately burn. Why? Because they need acclimatization.
Achieving that goal is not easy or quick, but it is not impossible. In fact, you just have to be patient and follow this step by step to make them grow in the right environment:
- First month : during the first four weeks we will put the plant in a place protected from direct sun but in an area where a lot of light from outside enters. There should be no drafts from the air conditioning in this corner, otherwise your leaves would spoil.
- Second month : now we will place it in an area where it receives sunlight for at least two hours in the early morning or in the afternoon. If we see that the leaves are burning a little, we will reduce that time to one hour.
- Third month : we have to place it in an area where it gets 3-4 hours of direct light a day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. From the following month, you can give him the whole day.
Getting a plant used to the cold is not easy. The ideal is to buy it at the beginning of spring and pay it regularly during spring and summer so that it reaches autumn-winter strong. During the coldest months of the year, although we know that it is a species that resists frost well, it is highly recommended to protect it with greenhouse plastic or, at least, putting a padding on it so that its roots are protected.
In the case of indoor plants, during the colder months it is advisable to water them with warm water and add a tablespoon of Nitrofoska every 15 days, but not to fertilize them, but rather so that the roots do not feel the low temperatures.
So your plants will grow stupendously well sooner than you imagine.