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How To Choose A Healthy Plant

Where to buy: Most plants sold in the US are of good quality and disease and insect free. When choosing a nursery or garden department of a store, look to see if the plants are watered, healthy looking, and well cared for.
Talk to family and friends to see what kinds of experiences they’ve had with a particular store. Are the associates knowledgeable and able to answer your questions?

Plants: Check the condition of the plant to see if the leaves are full and green. Unless you need to know the exact colors of the plants, it is often better to choose plants without the blooms, as they will grow roots systems faster than those without, and will result in abundant flowering.

Check for signs of insect infestation and disease. Holes in the leaves, wilting, fuzzy clumps, brown or white flecks, white bubbles, or yellowed leaves may be a sign of insect damage. Disease may show up as mottled leaves, spots, raised dots, or yellowed leaves.

Fullness: Does the plant seem full or sparse? A thin, spindly plant is not a healthy plant. Look for full, green foliage without any sign of yellowing.

Stems: Check all the stems to make sure they are not cracked or damaged.

After you buy your plants, you may keep them for a few days before planting, but don’t neglect them. They still need food and water, and plenty of sunlight, although you want to keep them out of the hot afternoon sun. Check the soil moisture daily. Six packs of plants tend to dry out quickly and must be watered daily. Every time bedding plants wilt, they lose some of their strength.


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