How To Choose a Healthy Plant
- Quality of Nursery: Take a good look at the plant department. Look to see that the majority of the plants seem healthy and well cared for.
- Foliage: Evaluate the condition of your specific plant. The leaves should be green, shiny and lush. Do not buy plants that are wilting or yellowing. Wilting or yellowing can indicate underwatering and/or stress. Spotted leaves indicate fungal damage. Most plants should have several stems, not just one.
- Shape: Consider the shape of the plant. A healthy plant is usually compact and full, with multiple stems. If a plant is unusually tall, it might have been straining for light and has grown thin and spindly.
- Insects & Disease: Inspect both sides of the leaves and potting soild for signs of insects or disease. Signs of insects and disease are: blackened areas, holes, spots, mushy areas, stickiness and distortions.
- Root System: If the plant is in a pot and the roots are growing out of the bottom, the plant may be stressed. If there aren’t many roots and the plant lifts out very easily, it was probably recently repotted.
- Stem Damage: Make sure stems have not cracks or scars.
- Weeds: Weeds in the pot compete with the plant for nutrients.
- Root Ball: The root of a balled-and-burlapped tree or shrub, should feel solid. If the root ball appears broken, the roots have probably dried out.
- Buds & Flowers: Plants in bud will transplant and thrive better than plants in flower.