Admittedly, I am not a supporter of store-bought flowers: overfed tops seem unnaturally large and bright to me. Well, to talk about other characteristics is not necessary at all – such a gift can rarely boast of survival. Perhaps the grass used to be greener, but I’m sure that now purchased flowers are less viable than 10 years ago.
On the one hand it is always more pleasant to receive a living plant than a bouquet, but how great is the disappointment when a flower has to be sent to the trash, especially if it was a gift from a dear person. If you still think it may be all your fault and that you made a mistake with the care, I hasten to assure you that this is not always the case.
Often the “live” product is already doomed to death, except that its fate is still disguised by excessive ornamentation.
So why don’t flowers from stores survive?
You’ve probably caught yourself more than once that the plants for sale exist in unusual conditions. A stand in a supermarket may be located in a corner where there is not much artificial light, let alone real light; individual pavilions are also not distinguished by the presence of a well-thought-out lighting system. But the flowers themselves don’t seem to notice these inconveniences…
And why is that? The grower (who may be in the Netherlands or another country far away) and the seller need to make a profit in their romantic business. With the use of growth stimulants it is easy to wait for unusually lush and early blooms – so why waste more time on something that can be achieved without any extra effort?
For ease of application of nutrients, flowers are grown on hydroponics in peat or peat-based mixtures, such a substrate is not able to give the roots the necessary nutrition. Needless to say, the plant turns into a “vegetable” that is no longer able to perform metabolic processes as nature intended? As long as the application of stimulants continues, store flowers do not need light, nor do they care about the soil – this effect is enough for the duration of implementation, perhaps a little longer. In addition, the lack of care about the dosage of watering often leads to the development of fungal diseases, which may not show themselves for a long time, until their existence is confirmed lethal.
Does that mean that any store-bought flower is bound to die? Not necessarily. If you choose the healthiest specimen and take action immediately after purchase, there is a chance of success.
What to do with a purchased plant?
First of all, be sure to transplant the “newcomer” into a suitable soil mixture – at the same time and check the root system. If there are rotten roots, cut them off, taking a section of healthy tissue. If you are “lucky” to find parasites in the roots, it is better to keep only cuttings from the plant for reproduction and get rid of the affected part as soon as possible.
When disassembling the roots, try to remove as much of the old substrate as possible. Peat is quite difficult to crumble, so be careful not to cause additional injury to the plant. Unfortunately, transplanting itself does not always help, but cuttings give good results, because the root system formed in normal conditions will function much better than the one accustomed to stimulants.
And, of course, don’t forget about quarantine: many parasites and diseases can be unnoticeable in the initial stage. To keep your collection intact, give your gift a space away from other specimens. After a month the plant will grow new leaves of normal size and feel much better, and you can safely put it on a common window sill.