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Make Every Day A Green Day When You Choose Healthy House Plants

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You can only listen to one CD for so long and it won't provide 
added benefits like cleaner air in your home and a beautiful 
home decorating element. To keep the beauty of green in your 
life, why not add a lovely green or flowering plant to your 
home décor?

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Make Every Day A Green Day When You Choose Healthy House Plants
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

Want to make your day a Green Day? Okay, you could run out and 
purchase a CD by the band Green Day, but you can only listen to 
one CD for so long and it won't provide added benefits like 
cleaner air in your home and a beautiful home decorating element. 
To keep the beauty of green in your life, why not add a lovely 
green or flowering plant to your home décor?

Now, for a florist, choosing the right healthy plant for your 
home seems pretty easy. But, I know that there are many people 
out there who feel they have a "brown thumb." For them, the 
thought of picking a plant that will work well in the space they 
have available and then caring for it to keep it looking gorgeous 
and green can be positively frightening. The easiest way to 
ensure you're choosing a healthy plant is to visit your florist 
and ask for help. However, if you choose to strike out on your 
own and find the green plant of your dreams, there are some 
things you should look for:

 * Look for signs of insects. If the plant is infested with bugs, 
   you probably don't want to bring it into your house. And, 
   since the insects are probably living off the plant, it may 
   die quickly or develop an unhealthy appearance such as brown 
   spots or holes in the leaves. Look at stems, leaves, and the 
   undersides of leaves. Don't forget to check the potting soil 
   for insects as well.

 * Avoid plants that show symptoms of disease. If leaves appear 
   yellow, brown, or crunchy, leave the plant on the shelf. Look 
   also for brown spots on leaves and stems. Look for plants 
   that are full, sturdy, and have an overall healthy color and 

 * Don't buy plants whose leaves are too shiny or that have been 
   extensively pruned. Leaves that have an unnaturally shiny 
   appearance have been treated with a chemical to make them 
   appear more lustrous. This could be masking signs of disease 
   and may lead to ill health of the plant as the chemicals sink 
   in. Also, if the plant appears to have been pruned to a high 
   degree, it's probably not very healthy. Store employees may 
   have clipped off leaves and stems that showed disease.

 * Buy plants that show evidence of new growth. If the plant is 
   a flowering plant, choose one with a few opened flowers and 
   lots of new buds. If you purchase one that is already heavily 
   flowered, it's blooming period may be nearing the end of the 
   cycle and you won't have the opportunity to enjoy the flowers 
   for very long. New buds and leaves show that the plant is 
   healthy and growing.

Of course, choosing a healthy plan won't be the only key to your 
plant growing success. You'll also need to choose plants that are 
best suited to the light available in your home and understand 
how to provide the best care for the plant. That's why I 
recommend that novice plant owners seek the assistance of their 
local florist who will be able to choose plants that will grow 
well, are easy to care for, and will be able to provide some 
information about how often to feed and water the plant. And, 
they're always just a phone call away if questions should arise.

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
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