Spring has almost returned to Austin. And if you’re a landscaper and gardener, this is an excellent time to visit a nursery to hunt for new plants. Most of what you’ll find is usually good quality. Some plants, however, may be too damaged or unhealthy to ever do well.
Here are some tips to help you assess which plants to buy and which to leave behind.
1. Get plants in new pots
Plants in old pots with faded labels have likely been sitting in the nursery for a long time. They may be nutrient-starved and/or dried out. Even if you replant them, they may never regain full health.
2. Examine the leaves
Yellow or discolored leaves signal that the plant is diseased or has a pest problem. Purchase only those plants that are completely green.
3. Check the roots
The condition of a plant’s roots will tell you whether or not a plant will thrive.
- range from white to light brown
- don’t fill up the entire pot
- hold potting mix together
If you’re unsure about a plant’s root system, you can ask a nursery assistant to let you have a look. If the roots look impacted, then the plant is probably root-bound and should be avoided.
4. Beware of pests
These could include bugs, diseases or even weeds. Examine the soil, leaves and the pot itself to make sure the plant is as pest-free as possible.
5. Go for buds not flowers
A plant with flowers may appear more beautiful, but the blooms won’t last as long as one that’s in bud. Look for plants with fewer flowers and more buds.
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