Not many days ago I invited you to share a day visiting the nursery, where we could relax walking through colorful flowers and serene green plants. The species we find invite you to take them, but what should we have in mind when buying? I offer you a series of Useful tips when buying plants, all of them are the result of my experience of years of buying, transplanting and observing our little green friends.
When we see the plants exposed in the large trays, being all together they present a compact mantle with an unbeatable appearance, but when we take a plant from all of them, it usually leads to disappointment, since one by one they do not usually reach large wingspan anymore at most they have two or three flowers at most.
This should not discourage us, since we must bear in mind that the plant will develop rapidly once transplanted, stimulated by the new substrate and the adequate irrigation. What is important for us to look at is other details.
If the plant has holes, yellow leaves, whitish dust, or a dry appearance, we must act with caution, since it may be damaged. They are unlikely to come with aphid or other parasites, but we will examine it in any case.
The plants will have the roots in perfect condition, they should not protrude excessively between the drainage holes of the pots, nor present a weak appearance. If by taking the plant in our hands, it emerges from the ground, it will not be sufficiently rooted, so we will reject it.
We should not get carried away by the number of flowers that plants present. A developed flower has less value than about abundant buttons. Once at home, the flowers disappear soon, on the other hand, if we choose specimens with lots of buds, they will open in a few days, offering a color show. Let the flowers give us an idea of their shape and color, but let us trust the promise of the future that the small buds give us.
Sometimes we discard plants that have a neglected appearance, we must know how to differentiate, since many times that is due to the way they receive irrigation in the nursery, which falls directly on the flowers, spoiling them. We can distinguish these from a diseased plant by cutting the damaged flowers with our nails, to get an idea of the real size of the plant. Sometimes the results are surprising.
There are plants that grow rapidly, so it is not necessary to acquire them with a size too large, and the price difference is usually noticeable. A parsley or basil will grow a lot in a short time; we will save some good euros by buying small pots or seedling trays, in case we need a lot of them and have enough time and patience to see them grow.
Finally, let's avoid insisting with species that have given us poor results in previous years, either because the conditions of our garden or terrace are not the most appropriate for them, or because they are easy grass for pests difficult to eliminate. Let us then change preferences and test, only in that way will we get to know the plants that are most conducive to us and obtain an outdoor landscape easy to maintain, which will fill us with satisfaction.