How To Handle Plants Safely

Sep 19, 2012

It is necessary to handle plants in a way that is careful and delicate. Think of handling plants as you would an infant child, which would give you a good idea of handling plants. When transporting plants, there should be no areas that will confine their appearance. Plenty of plants can be shipped through the mail by online nursery stores, and the utmost care should be taken when shipping plants to your doorstep. If you choose to have a plant shipped to your home, inspect the plant for signs of wilt or damage. Ensure there is no sign of mold in the form of dust or yellow spotting on the leaves.

Whenever handling a plant, make sure the roots are intact along with the leaves. Usually, the roots will be wrapped in a burlap sack to keep them protected. When purchasing starter plants, make sure the plants are at proper room temperature if planning to garden the next day. Please keep them in a cool, shaded area, preferably the garage, where insects cannot get to them.

If you have bought insects, make sure they are kept free of bacteria. Please keep them in the covering and do not take them out until ready to plant. For seeds out of the package, you can place them in hot water to clear them of any bacteria. That will help in killing harmful microbes which can grow along with your plant. When spraying any pesticides, be careful in the type of chemical you spray around your plants and how much you spray on your plant. Organic pesticides are always best to spray directly on plants, but as with any plant, be sure not to spray too much chemical.

When planting any starter plant, you should always handle a plant by the midsection, ensuring not to handle the roots, which may break them. Plant the roots firmly in well-nourished soil, and if you plant needs, then top off with the necessary water so the roots can get plenty of nutrients. As plants grow, be sure to prune your plants to make way for new leaves and stems. That is especially important for fruit-producing plants so they can grow the healthiest plant foods possible. Pruning also keeps plants healthy and will prepare them for the winter.