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How to Buy the Best Plants

The pick of the litter has full, healthy growth above and below the soil

Fine Gardening - Issue 121

Aside from the garden, the nursery is a gardener’s favorite place. Walking into a nursery knowing you want to buy some ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis is easy. But do you want the short, full plant or the tall, thin one? Another is loaded with flowers; it must be the one to take. But the one next to it has many more stems.

Buying plants doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In this video, Jason Powell owner of Petals from the Past, a nursery in Jemison, Alabama, will help you separate a good plant from an average one and know which plants not to even consider putting in your cart.

For more on this topic, see Buy Plants with Confidence.

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