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Aside from the garden, the nursery is a gardener's favorite place.  It's where plants, pots & possibilities come together to form the cornerstone of a garden's future.  Figuring out what plants to buy can be a difficult thing.  The dark side of the nursery is the trepidation about whether your new plants will deliver on their promise to improve your garden.
 
 31363-PlantsA label is a must but flowers are not.  Gardeners shopping at the nursery get the most excited about plants covered in flowers.  There is no rule that says you have to buy the plant with the most open flowers.  Unless you are unfamiliar with the flowers color and concerned about how it will look in your garden planters, we suggest you buy fall blooming plants in spring and spring bloomers in fall.   Your plants will then have more time to get established in your pots, focusing on growth instead of flowers. 
 
If you are unable to ignore the flowers, examine the leaves and stems of the plants.  Discolored leaves or signs of insects are good to notice before you bring them home.  The time of year affects a potted plants appearance, many look beraglged by late summer.  Look at the shape of the plant.  The more stems the better.

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Numerous stems indicate that the plant is more mature than a plant with few stems and will immediately provide you with increased growth.  Finally inspect the roots.  Look for healthy, white roots and some soil.  Don't buy plants if roots are brown or mushy.

If you choose full, healthy growth over flowers, you will leave the nursery confident you made the best choice for your garden planters!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:23:54 PM 

Guide To Re-Potting Garden Planters!




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Roots protruding from a garden planter's drainage hole is a sure sign that the plant needs to be repotted.  Here are a few helpful tips!
 
Most healthy container grown plants will outgrow the confines of their pots.  A good way to reinvigorate a root bound plant is to give it a new home.  The first step is to recognize when it's time to re-pot.  Signs to look for are roots tightly packed or protruding from the pots drain hole, and water sitting on the soil surface to long after watering.  The best time to do the re-potting is when they are actively growing, in the Spring or Summer. 

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Root bound plants should slip out of their pots easily; watering first will help.  If much of the soil falls free of the roots, then plant may not need to be repotted.  Roots should be white or light colored.  Black or dark colored are signs of a serious fungal disease.  Now is the time to loosen the roots to increase nutrient absorption.  Rim the roots and loosen up the ball before replanting either way.  Use a sharp knife or pruning shears removing as much as the bottom third of the plants root ball.
 
The new pots size depends on the plant and its potential growth rate.  Rely on your own idea of what a healthy specimen should look like.  When in doubt go bigger than smaller at least by a size or two.  To keep soil from leaking out the drain hole fill the pot with pot filler.  Put a few inches of moist soil in the bottom and position the plant in the pot, centering it.  The goal is the root ball should sit an inch or two below the new garden container's rim.  Fill the space around the root ball with soil.

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Finally trim the potted plants foliage relative to how much the roots were pruned.  In other words if you take one third of the root ball off then take one third of the top growth off as well.  Water the plant and keep it moist, shaded and cool till it is re-established
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