There are several methods that you can use in identifying house plants. As many plants are not labeled correctly in stores upon purchase, having the ability to identify them yourself will allow you to be able to take the best care of your plants possible. If you’ve inherited plants, having the ability to identify your house plants will also be of great use to you.
There are several key aspects involved with identifying house plants. First, you need to have an eye for detail. The difference between one species of house plant from another may be something as little as the number of veins within each leaf, how many leaves it has in total, or slight color variations. Don’t be afraid to take your time when identifying house plants. Careful examination will help you make a correct identification. While the two different species of plants may only have a few small physical differences, their care may still be different.
Once you have adjusted to taking great care for detail, you will need access to information. When identifying house plants, having references to read or photographs to compare against is vital in order to ensure you have made a proper identification. Knowledge plays a key role when you are uncertain of what type of plant that you possess.
Once you have gathered the knowledge you need, and you have carefully inspected the plant, you need to remember that identifying house plants is not an accurate science. The health of your plant may deceive you into believing the plant you have is actually something else. An unhealthy plant may not have all of its foliage, which would hinder your ability to judge what type of plant that you have. It is always best to make an identification only after you have restored the plant to full health.
A benefit to identifying house plants is the ability to identify what is not a house plant. It is not uncommon for flowering, yet poisonous plants, to be brought into a household. If you find that this is the case, the plant should be destroyed or donated to prevent it causing harm to your family. Poisonous plants should not be burned, as the fumes can be toxic.
By positively identifying house plants, you will be able to ensure their care, protect against harm from poisonous plants, and identify when you have acquired an exotic or uncommon house plant. This skill is also useful when you are planning on breeding plants, as it allows you to judge when a plant is ready to be bred, and having compatible plants to breed it against.