A Few Tips on Buying Plants

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Tips on buying plants is definitely a must because you’ll need all the help and ideas. As you are getting started on your garden, you don’t just plant immediately. You should first look for the plants the plants that you should buy. Not every seed or seedling out there is the right much for your garden and not every plant out there that is being sold are as healthy as it seems to be.

Tips to Help You Pick the Healthiest Plants

Individual Pots

If you are looking for plants that would go into the bedding of your garden, get the ones that are placed in individual pots. If they are planted in pot but rather in flats, choose those that are planted away from the others. What you are looking for here is a bedding plant whose roots have not been too compressed too much.

Thick Stocky Stems

Choose plants that you are sure that will really survive. One to consider on tips on buying plants and to look for is a set of thick or stocky stems. Thick stems are a sign that the plant is strong and healthy and more capable to survive during its transition from the pot and out into the ground. Plants with thin and frail-looking stems are definitely not a good choice.

Color of Leaves

Take note of the color of the leaves when you are looking for the right plant. The condition of the leaves can tell you if a plant is healthy or not. You should pick the plant whose leaves are a vibrant shade of green and pass by on the one with mottled brown leaves with the edges curling. The latter indicates that the plant has been laden with pests. Leaves that are also turning yellow or brown indicate that the plants have not been receiving enough water and so it is not healthy enough either so pass by those too.

Soil Condition

One of the tips on buying plants is to check out the condition of the soil where the plants are being planted. A good soil is a key to having healthy plants. If the soil is cracked and dry, then it follows that the plants do not have the best condition for its roots to grow well. You should get a plant that grows in a moist soil so its roots are able to spread wide enough to absorb more nutrients to be healthy.

Bigger is Not Always Better

One might think that a bigger the plant, the healthier it is. On the contrary that is not quite true since bigger in not always better. The plants you should look for should be small, with not bloom or fruit. If plants with flowers are being transplanted they get stressed so easily during transplanting so choose the ones with the bloom or fruit, this is one of the tips on buying plants.

Buy Off-Peak

When shopping for plants that would go in your garden, do so during “off-peak” hours like at noon or night or during weekdays. If you go shopping during “peak” hours for sure you are not the only customer that the sales people have to entertain as there are a lot of other customers as well. If you have a lot of questions, the sales people cannot attend much time to answer all of them. Furthermore, owing the number of customers looking through the plants, most of plants have been prodded and poked a lot of times already that most get damaged because of that. If you are the only person shopping then you are guaranteed to see the plants at their best and have the liberty of all your questions and concerns being answered.

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