House plants

You dream of building a house with a large garden and an interior with a green area.

There is a lot of land for sale , you will have the choice to look on the internet, to use a real estate agent ...

Long before you start to arrange your interior with green space, take into account these few details.

Indoor plants are everywhere, or almost everywhere. At nurseries and florists, of course, but also in garden centres and supermarkets, and sometimes even at the local grocery store! All that remains is to make a wise choice and to bring back your purchases in good conditions:

Where to buy your houseplants?

The nurserymen

The best supplier of exotic plants is often the nurseryman. Very different from the industrial producer, who only breeds one or two species, but thousands of individuals, the ideal supplier is the collector nurseryman, who offers a selected range of various plants, or a wide range in a given speciality (begonias, hibiscus...). Only a few specimens of each species or variety can be found, but grown with love, in the old-fashioned way, in a land worthy of the name, by someone who knows what he is talking about.

This once obligatory figure in the horticultural landscape is, alas, tending to disappear in our country, due to economic conditions. All the more reason to favour the few survivors, with whom you will never be disappointed and who will provide you with sound advice.

You will have the best chance of meeting them at specialist exhibitions. Their prices are usually a little higher than average, but the real "plus" of the service is well worth it.

Garden centres

At a time when garden centres were criticized, they have improved a lot, at least for the most dynamic of them.

Prices are often attractive and you will find the best choice where there is an abundance of customers and guaranteed sales.

You may have to chase after the salespeople a bit. On the other hand, the choice of plants is well worth the diversion, and you will be able to find some very rare ones.

You should know that the plants you will buy are from industrial crops and drip-fed. A quick transplant to a richer environment will allow your new residents to adapt well.


Most florists offer a smaller and more random selection of plants of semi-industrial origin, as they prefer - that is their function - to use cut flowers.

So choose a florist who will not give you the invariable and unique advice: "Water it twice a week", but who will give you relevant indications according to your plants.

For the rest, rely on your own knowledge and hunt for the opportunity. Prices are unpredictable and can be very advantageous.

The markets

Plants sold on the markets have the advantage of freshness. In any case, it is prudent to buy only when the weather is mild.

Moreover, the choice is inevitably very limited, advice is scarce and prices vary greatly. It's opportunity that makes the thief!

Mail order sales

Buying by mail order is the most random, because you are buying blind. However, if you wish to obtain the plants from a nursery far from your home, you will deal with a specialist who will send you the right plant, in a precise quality, and will stay on hand in case of difficulty.

In the catalogues of the large multi-purpose nurseries, which offer all kinds of plants, the varieties are rather limited and often imprecise, as well as the size indications.

In general, your potential contacts are sales representatives, not nurserymen, and the information sheets provided in the consignments give only rudimentary advice, which is not always very reliable.

Finally, the prices, once very interesting, seem to be in line with the highest on the market.

Food superstores

There are more and more houseplants to be found here, depending on the season, although this is a rather unexpected place to buy. As the salespeople are not specialised in this, you need to know exactly what you want.

Make a regular inspection and buy on the day of arrival.

You'll never have much choice, but prices will often be very competitive.

How do you choose a houseplant before you buy?

Wherever you are, keep an eye out: even if you are not a specialist, the difference between a healthy and a weak plant is still visible.

Use your common sense, just as you would when buying vegetables at the market, and refuse plants that are gnarled, bald, with sick or dull leaves.

In any case, the pot should be reasonably proportionate to the size of the plant, and the soil should be slightly fresh.

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