It’s spring. You are standing in your local garden shop with list in hand ready to purchase all those wonderful plants and bulbs for your garden. Figuring out which plants are healthy and which are unhealthy is not always easy. Read on to find out a few simple things to look for when purchasing plants.
Save money. Buying healthy plants costs less in the long run than buying unhealthy plants. When a plant is sickly, you have to spend more money on fertilizers and products to try and bring the unhealthy plant back to life. Most often the plant will die. Also, unhealthy plants can transfer whatever disease it has to your healthy plants causing your whole flower garden to go downhill fast.
Look at the leaves. The leaves of a healthy plant will look hearty and vibrant with no flaws.
Don’t buy wilted plants. Stay far away from wilted plants all together. You may think you can revive them, but odds are you can’t, so don’t waster your money.
Examine the roots. Slip a plant out of the pot and examine the roots. Healthy roots are pale or white in color. Black roots are a sign of root rot. There are some plants whose roots are naturally black so don’t get them confused.
Read the fine print. If you purchase plants online be sure to check the return policy and the guarantee. You need to be able to return the plants if they are not healthy for a full refund or exchange.
If you want a vibrant garden, then be sure to give your potential plants the once over before purchasing. You will not only save money, but you will ensure that all the plants in your garden stay healthy and beautiful all season long.