Does the plant not look so lively at first glance? Trust your own gut feeling, because it is often not in optimal condition. Leaves in particular tell a lot about plant health, so be sure to inspect them thoroughly. Are they limp? Do they suffer from discoloration? Is the plant nicely full? Or has he suffered from leaf fall? The first impression is the most important.
Now it is important to look a little more thoroughly at the plant. Literally more thoroughly, because you have to study the potting soil carefully. You may see bugs crawling. And you would rather not have that. Knock the jar a few times – not too wildly – to see if anything comes out. Also check carefully on and between the leaves whether there are insects or perhaps fungi. Do you spot bugs? Rather leave the houseplant standing.
A plant in good health has beautiful and steady growth. These can often be traced back to branches. Also check if the stems are nice and sturdy and if there are buds for new branches. And let’s face it: you prefer to choose the most beautiful and fullest plant, don’t you? If you can choose from plants with many or few stems, always go for the one with the most branches. Even though the other plant is already in bloom.