Gardening basic number one is learning how to choose healthy plants from a nursery. With healthy plants, you will not only be dodging any potential problems that may occur with the plants but will also be saving yourself buyer’s remorse.

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The ideal season for buying new plants in the spring or the fall season. If you are looking to add new flora to your flourishing garden or are just completely new at gardening, you would want to look at our basic tips that will help you differentiate between healthier plants and others.


The part of a plant that mirrors the condition of its overall health is its leaf. If the leaves are healthy and green, the plant is in good condition. On the other hand, a plant whose leaves are brown in color or yellowing may indicate the sign of over or under watering and being placed at an unfavorable exposure. Also, look for pale or dark spots on the foliage, which could indicate diseases that could spread to the other plants that you have at home. Be safe than sorry by looking for any webs or chewed leaves that are signs of damaging insects.

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Avoid purchasing plants that have been sitting in the nursery for too long. Nurseries are only me at to be temporary holding areas for plants until they are purchased. The plant staying at the nursery for a prolonged period of time is not ideal to be purchased as their roots will start growing inwards in the container in which they are kept. Such roots are severely hampered in their effort to absorb water and nutrients, which could make the plant sick and its untimely death.


Only go for plants that are kept in smaller-sized containers. Bigger isn’t better when it comes to plants. Smaller plants are younger and endure the shock of transplanting relatively easily. Plants kept in smaller containers also grow more quickly than when they are put in bigger containers.


Purchase plants from local growers as then, the plant will not have to endure the change in the climate. When plants are shifted from one environment to another, they need time to adjust and adapt to the new environment.

Purchasing plants from local growers prevent this problem because they are already acquainted with the climate to which they will be transferred.


Before you buy a plant, make sure that you read the label beforehand for any important information. Check to see how large it will grow, and make sure that you avoid the same room to it once you purchase it. Do note what exposure it grows best in. This will save you a lot of trouble in recovering a struggling plant that can be healthier if put in the right exposure. It is important to know the plant and its requirements instead of being blind to its needs.

John F. Clark

Hiking addict, self-starter, band member, hand letterer and TDC honorary member. Doing at the intersection of art and elegance to give life to your brand. I work with Fortune 500 companies and startups. Prone to fits of apathy. Organizer. Professional food lover. Extreme gamer. Web evangelist. Student.

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