You must avoid plants that have yellowish leaves, wilted foliage, brownish leaf margins, and those that bear spots and blotches. You must make sure that you do not purchase plants with leaves that are torn or have been polished with leaf shines. Try to look for plants that have new flowers and leaf buds because they are usually of high quality.
After purchasing indoor plants, it would be better if you transport it in your space personally. This will ensure that you can take care of the plant because you now own it. Aside from that, you must be aware of the two seasons within the year that may damage the plant: the hot summer and the cold winter months.
When transporting indoor plants during summer, make sure to avoid placing it in a car with its windows shut because the temperatures may change, this sudden change in temperature can destroy the plant in no time. Make sure that you shade the plant from direct sun while it is inside the car.
Transporting indoor plants on winter months proves to be risky because of the invariable temperature. If it is unavoidable for you to transport that plant during these months, make sure that you wrap it carefully before taking it out of the store.
You can wrap the plant with a newspaper or thick paper bags. Bear in mind that the span of time you will use in carrying the plant to your car can damage the plant if the temperature is not right. Inside the car, make sure to place the plant in front seat area of the car before turning on the heater (TIP: do not place the plant inside the trunk because it’s too cold).
In case, of an extended trip, make sure to arrange the plant properly so it will not be frozen or damaged by cold weather. Since many plant foliage are damaged to a large extent due to changes in temperature, make sure to maintain the warm environment for the indoor plants.