You have two choices when it comes to getting started with your garden: planting seeds, or buying entire plants. Each choice has its own benefits. You will find it is a much more rewarding if you plant seeds and take care of them every day and then you have a full, healthy plant. Yet this method is a lot more risky. There are many seeds I’ve planted and never seen any trace of whatsoever.
Buying the plants from a nursery and install it in your garden will reduce a lot of the work involved in making it healthy. However, many incompetent nursery workers put certain chemicals or fertilizers in which will absolutely ruin the future of the plant. So I learned to choose the healthiest plant of the bunch from that experience. Here are some techniques of screening process for plants:
- How nice the plant look
It may sound superficial, but as far as plants go, you can truly judge a book by its cover. So it is the one thing that you need to check for on your perspective. You can almost always tell by how nice it looks if a plant has been treated healthily and has no diseases or pests. You can tell if a plant has grown up in improper soil, or has harmful bugs living in it from the holey leaves and wilted stems.
- Exclude anything that currently has flowers
If they do not currently have any flowers, plants are less traumatized by the transplant.
So if you’re browsing the nursery shelves looking for your dream plant, exclude the ones that currently have flowers. Find the ones that just consist of buds instead. In other instance, you should do the unthinkable and sever all of plants since all you have to choose from are flowering plants. It will be worth the health of the plant in the future. I figured out that ninety percent of plant transplantation while it is blooming results in having a dead plant.
- Always check the roots
Before you purchase any plant, it is better to always check the roots. You will be able to tell by looking at the rest of the plant if the roots are in absolutely terrible condition. It is different with slightly-out-of-shape roots. You won’t be able to tell just by looking at the roots. Any signs of brownness, rottenness, or softness of the roots need to be inspected very closely. The roots hold all the soil together so it should always be a firm, perfectly well formed infrastructure. Based on the root soil ratio, you can easily tell if the roots are before or past their prime. You should not buy the plant that has a ridiculous amount of roots with little soil, or a bunch of soil with few roots.
Plant which has abnormalities, whether it is the shape of the roots or any irregular features with the leaves, should be asked to the nursery employees. These things usually can be the signs of an unhealthy plant but there will be a logical explanation for it sometimes. Before writing the nursery off as horrendous, always give them a chance to explain. They are usually professionals who have been dealing with plants for years after all.
Remember that the health of the plants has been left up to someone you don’t know if you decide to take the easy route and get a plant from a nursery. You should always check for yourself even though they usually do a good job. Take every precaution you can to avoid transplant shock in the plant as well. If it has trouble adjusting to its new location, it will have health problems in the future. The process usually goes well, yet you can never be too sure.