Before selecting a new houseplant, you should consider a few factors, primarily the light conditions, humidity and airflow of your space. And keep in mind that you’re basically trying to recreate outdoor conditions indoors. What seems like a bright interior room is not the same as direct sunlight outdoors. You’ll most likely need to place your indoor houseplants near a window. Some plants, such as ferns, thrive in humid conditions. Conversely, cacti and succulents prefer drier conditions. And finally, when selecting your plant location, pay attention to your air conditioning and heating vents. In general, plants don’t do well with rapid temperature swings, so try to position your plants away from the direct airflow of vents.
Chances are your new plant will have already outgrown the container it comes in. You can tell this if the root ball appears compacted against the container wall. That’s okay – and pretty typical with plants you buy. You’ll probably want to transplant it to a decorative container anyway. Select a new pot or planter that’s slightly larger than the root ball and place enough high-quality potting mix into the pot so that the top of the root ball will be just below the top of the container. Leave some space to cover the roots with soil. Gently place your new plant on the soil and fill around and on top of the root ball with potting mix. Don’t tamp or press the soil. Instead, water thoroughly to settle the potting mix and remove any air pockets. Let the water drain in a safe spot like outside or in a tub, then move your plant to its new home!
As your plant matures, you’ll need to repot it occasionally. This will allow the roots enough room to spread inside the container.