Whether you are planning on purchasing a few plants or want to start a plant garden, caring for plants is an added expense. Although they add beauty to your home, garden or greenhouse, they still require time, money and attention in order to grow and thrive like they should. In order to price plant care, there are a number of factors that need to be considered, preferably before purchasing the plants. Knowing how much this could potentially cost you ahead of time can allow you to make adjustments before investing in a large amount of plants.
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Determine the type of plant, or plants, that you will be taking care of. Every plant does not require the same amount of attention, water or fertilizer for it to grow into a healthy plant. If you are on a budget, purchasing a plant that requires a similar environment to that of your home will save you money in the long run.
Transport the plants safely and so not leave in areas that can damage the plant. If it is in the middle of winter time, cover your plants before leaving the store and getting into your car. For long trips, make sure that the plant is protected since many foliage plants will be damaged when the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Research to find out how much sunlight is going to be needed. If you are in an area that does not get much sunlight, you may need to purchase lighting for your plant so that it can thrive and survive. Calculate this cost into your figures; this can get more expensive depending on the quality of the lamp that you purchase. Do not forget about the amount of electricity that each lamp will require.
Calculate how often and how much water needs to be used. Some plants require more water than others so this is dependent on the type of plant that you purchase.
Calculate the amount of time you will need to use a temperature controller and a humidifier. Most plants grow best when they are exposed to cooler temperatures at night so they have recovery time from the moisture they have lost. They flower best in temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees lower than the day time temperature. When calculating humidity, each plant requires a different amount of humidity and some do not require any at all.
Add in the amount of fertilizer and other nutrients that need to be used for the plant, or plants, that you are taking care of.
Add together all figures, including the cost of containers that are needed for repotting, and you have how much it will cost you to take care of your plants.