Monday, January 23, 2023

Before Ordering Plants

 There comes a time when we think about new plants in the garden. With the arrival of spring, I love seeing new clematis, shrubs, perennial flowers in the greenhouse, ready to be planted outside in the garden. 

 

 

In my experience of ordering or buying new plants, I realized that: 

- you need to look at the leaves of plants from below if they are sold at a discount. Maybe there are pests. This can infect other plants. 



- the size of the plant must match the size of the pot. If the roots are small and the flower is planted in a large pot, then most likely its roots will die. 

- you need to be sure that such a plant suits you in the garden - I always look at the climatic zone of the plant. My zone is 5b and for example, that's why I refuse rhododendron for zone 6. Although they are very beautiful :)  

 


- for decorate the porch, I prefer to buy or grow plants that can be used inside in winter.

 

 

Probably, many of the gardeners have experience in buying and ordering plants for the garden. Share with us!

24 comments:

  1. I have never ordered plants before, I always buy them in shops so I can convince myself of the quality. However, I have to mention that we have many flower shops and hardware stores here that offer flowers.

    Hugs
    Anke

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    1. You are right Anke. I sometimes see low-quality plants in flower shops, and even if I wanted to buy this plant, I don't buy it. I could have spent the money and the plant would have died.

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  2. I buy all the plants I want in nurseries here, Nadezda. For many years ago I ordered plants from the Netherlands, but it was very difficult because I needed health certificate for the plants into Norway. So it's much easier to let the nurseries do the job for me.

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    1. Here's the thing, Marit. Let nurseries have certificates for their plants. I prefer to see the plant before buying.

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  3. I would think that a dedicated gardener would want to examine any plant before purchasing it. I am sure that with experience and a practiced eye you can spot problems.

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    1. David, I now have experience after a few mistakes I made as a beginner gardener.

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  4. I am keeping fingers crossed that our perennials survive last year's drought,. Some gardeners recommend tipping the plant out of its pot and looking at the roots, I'm not sure that the garden centre would be happy with that though

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    1. I saw this advice on TV, Sue. The host of the program showed the roots of plants. It seems to me that nurseries do not like such "care" for plants.

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  5. Alguna vez he comprado plantas que estaban infestadas y no me di cuenta ( parecía que estaban bien ) ahora las miro muy bien. También compro en viveros Franceses y holandeses y de momento todo bien. Un abrazo Nadezda.

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    1. Eso sí, hay que fijarse mucho en las plantas, Teresa. También tuve un caso cuando compré una flor con arañas. Abrazos.

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  6. Your hyacinths are beautiful, Nadezda, mine haven´t bloomed yet.
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs!

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    1. I like hyacinths Tanya. These bloomed on my birthday, which made me happy.

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  7. Hola Nadezda. Yo también estoy mirando ya plantas para la primavera y aunque las miro detenidamente de vez en cuido hago malas compras. Besos

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    1. Es un problema, Lola. Las plantas infectadas mueren o infectan a otras. Un abrazo,

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  8. Dear Nadiezda!
    I love spring flowers. now in winter I often buy tulips and chiacents. I really like fuchsias and geraniums on the balcony. I miss spring when it's autumn winter.
    Hugs and greetings.

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    1. Dear Lucja, I wait for spring as well. Lovely hyacinths and fuchsia bloom in my room. Greetings!

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  9. Muy buenas tus recomendaciones amiga. Por aquí aún tardaremos, no tenemos invernadero.
    Buen fin de semana Nadezda.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Tienes razón Laura. Se necesita un invernadero si hace frío. Que tengas una buena semana.

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  10. Надежда, у Вас "зелёные руки", как говорят французы. Какие у Вас роскошные гиацинты. Чтобы волшебные сады Ваши буйно цвели и плодоносили!

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    1. Спасибо, Лола. Но не надо буйно, а то не хватит сил ухаживать за ними.

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  11. Hi Nadezda,
    Excellent recommendations. Unfortunately, even if we look carefully when we buy them, sometimes they are not healthy.
    Greetings from Maria

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    1. I agree Maria. It's difficult to see all troubles when we buy plants.

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