Revitalize your garden with a new set of healthy plants. What are the 5 things you should look out for when buying the plants?
Buying plants can be a daunting task even to professionals. With every purchase, you discover new things to look out for. Failure to be cautious when buying plants results in diseased or even worse, dead plants. A good knowledge and understanding on what to look out for will ensure that you bring home healthy, beautiful plants that will prolong the authenticity of your home and garden.
- Only buy from a reputable seller
Buy from professionals who understand what they sell. They will have all the answers to your burning questions. Additionally, larger nurseries offer warranties for plants that die a few months after planting. Plants that are not easy to grow definitely require a warranty.
- Check for the signs of diseased or unhealthy plants
It is normal to have unhealthy plants at the nursery. It is your duty to ensure that you do not take an ailing plant home. Yellow leaves are a sign of nutrient deficiency, overwatering or both. If there are any weeds on the new plants, carefully uproot them. Wilted plants will take some time to recover. Spotted leaves are a sign of pest damage.
- Carry those that haven’t flowered yet
As you stroll down the nursery’s passageways, the blooming plants will capture your attention most. As luring as flowering plants are, choose the budding ones or those that haven’t at all. Surely, you need those flowers to last longest in your garden. Additionally, flowers are more likely to be damaged during transplanting.
Similarly, consider buying smaller rather than bigger plants. Smaller plants pick up faster than larger ones. They may cost less and will save you time during transplantation. However, for slower growing plants (those that take a long time), go for a larger plant.
- Plan in advance
Study your garden before deciding on which plants you want to buy. Know the direction of the sun, how much room you have, and which type of soil and climate prevails in your garden. This will enhance the chances of survival.
- Carefully read the plant tags
Most plants come with labels. The information can be quite helpful. It includes the name of the plant, when it is most likely to flower, how big it grows on maturity, and watering among other requirements. This information creates a basis for more research.