When people visit their local garden nursery to start a new landscaping project or replenish an existing garden, they should consider a few steps. First, carefully inspect leaves, stem, and roots for any signs of disease and bugs, as an unhealthy plant may destroy surrounding foliage when planted. Several experts suggest selecting plants in the budding stage, instead of the blooming stage, for the best landscaping results.
Signs of a Thriving, Healthy Plant
The stem should be sturdy and thick. Most experts agree that it’s easier to transplant multiple sturdy stems instead of the long, leggy alternatives, which most likely strain for light and are thin, stressed, and weak. There should be plenty of new, lush leaves growing, and the developed foliage should be a bright, even green.
The roots can also provide insight into the health. Older ones that have spent too much time in a small pot may be already root bound, making it harder to thrive when transplanted. Therefore, when making a selection, check that the roots are not a tight, dense ball choking the soil and not poking out from the bottom of the pot.
Signs of an Unhealthy Plant
In order to fully inspect a potential purchase at a nursery, a person should also know the signs of disease or bad health. The foliage should not show signs of wilting. A couple of leaves that are yellowed or showing leaf edge burn can be a sign of a nutrition deficiency. It can still recover from wilting if pruned and properly cared for once at home. However, if all or most leaves are browned, yellowed, or pale colored, it’s probably best to avoid it; this may be a sign of bacterial or fungal disease.
Noticeable blemishes or dark spots on the stem and leaves may indicate a bug disease, and this selection should be avoided to prevent introducing pests to an existing garden.
Choose Buds, Not Blooms
At a garden nursery, many individuals may be drawn to blooming flowers. This is a common but understandable mistake. A full bloom may seem like evidence of good health, but it may be too late in the season to purchase a flower that is already blooming.
Instead, select the pots that have tightly formed buds. Not only will the buds bloom at the right time in a home landscape, but also they tend to be more resilient against transplant shock as opposed to fully bloomed ones.