If you are planning on spending your weekend scoping out a number of plants at your local nursery, you probably think you can’t really go wrong regardless of what you purchase. On the other hand, it’s likely that you may not know which plants to avoid, or even in some cases, which plant nurseries to avoid. As Saginaw’s most trust Greenhouse and Garden Center, Abele’s would like to offer you some advice. We hear the regrets our customers have about plants they have bought in the past, and we would like to help you avoid making the same mistake. Continue reading below to discover what you should and should not do on your venture this weekend.

Consider the Quality of the Plant Nursery

We know you probably have several plant nurseries to choose from in your area. When you are choosing which one to visit, you may not realize it, but you are making a fairly important decision. After all, not all nurseries are the same. In fact, they vary greatly. From the products they offer to the staff that is there to assist you, depending on where you go, you could be making the wrong decision. You want to shop at a high-quality greenhouse. When you enter the nursery, you can tell pretty quickly if you are in an establishment that is going to provide you with the supplies and the quality that you desire. Look around and see what your surroundings looking like. Are there fallen pots and plants? Can you see a good variety? If not, you might as well just turn around and head to a different nursery.

Look at the Leaves

If you want to know whether or not the plants you are considering buying are healthy, you can easily do so by looking at the leaves. If the plants have yellow, brown, limp or wilted leaves, this is an indication that the plant is either thirsty or suffering from a disease. Additionally, this could be a sign that the plant is root bound. Stay away from plants like this as they will not thrive the way you would want them to.

Check for Pests & Diseases

Even if you are not a plant expert, you can tell that a plant is suffering from a disease or being compromised by pests in a couple of ways. First of all, you can see the pests if they are present, you simply have to look for them.The most common pests that you will find on plants at nurseries are aphids, scale, and mites. In order to know if a plant you are considering buying is suffering from a disease, you simply have to see if there are holes, black spots, blisters or a sticky residue on the leaves. If you notice any of these signs, move along, you don’t want that specific plant.

Skip Lanky Plants

If you are considering buying a leggy plant, we would urge you not to. Chances are that these plants have grown up without sufficient lighting. On the other hand, this plant could have been over-fertilized. If this is the case, you will likely be inviting pests and diseases into your garden should you take home a plant in this state. Instead of investing in a lanky plant, look for one that has a good branch structure with robust foliage.

When in Doubt, Check the Roots Out

If you know anything about growing plants, you probably know that the secret to keeping them healthy is in having healthy roots. When you are picking out a plant to buy, make sure to look at the roots first. If the roots appear to be soft, brown or are easily falling apart when you touch them, this isn’t the plant for you.

Use Your Resources

Those who work at nurseries are likely pretty great resources for you when you are shopping. Don’t hesitate to ask those who work at the nursery which plants they think will thrive in your garden. With the dimensions and knowledge about the sunlight your garden receives, a nursery employee can likely make a number of suggestions.

Don’t Buy Plants When They are in Full Bloom

It might be tempting to buy plants that are already in full bloom because they are so pretty. On the other hand, we wouldn’t recommend it. You won’t be able to enjoy the blooms as long as you want if they have already emerged. Find a plant instead with healthy foliage and vigorous growth.

Are There Weeds?

Make sure that there are no weeds in the potted plant that you want to buy. The presence of weeds is not only an indication of poor maintenance by the nursery staff, but weeds will suck the nutrients from plants, meaning you likely won’t get the performance out of your plant that you want.

Shop the Best Plant Nursery in Michigan

If you are looking for the very best nursery, greenhouse and garden center in all of Michigan, look no further than Abele. We have everything you are looking for and more. If there is one thing we know, it’s plants. We would love to be able to help you make your home garden or other project into a success! Let us know what we can do to make your plant or garden dreams into a reality. Contact us today for more information or simply stop into our Saginaw store.

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