Choosing Healthy Plants

By Chris Edmunds

 
A healthy garden starts with choosing healthy plants from reliable sources.
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A healthy garden starts with choosing healthy plants. Where you get your plants from is just as important as which plants you choose.

When choosing where to shop, it’s important to consider the quality of their plant selection. Are their plants suitable for your yard? Will their plants last all summer? You’ll enjoy a healthy garden by selecting plants from reliable sources.

Where To Buy Plants:

Where you shop for your plants at the start of the gardening season sets the tone for the rest of the season. This is where you meet the plants you’ll care for, watch grow, and enjoy them in your yard all summer!

In the gardening world, there are independent garden centers and big box stores. You’ll want to avoid the idea that you must go to one for quality and the other for lower prices. Box stores may offer lower prices, but unless you arrive at the store the same day as the shipment of fresh flowers, you won’t find the same quality as independent stores.

Trial-tested.jpgAs an independent and family-owned garden center, you’ll find a large selection, and quality plants at any of our Kaw Valley locations. Our midwestern climate can make gardening difficult if you don’t choose plants that are adapted to windy and dry conditions. All of the plants in our large selection at Kaw Valley are trial-tested before going to our garden centers. You can be sure that any plant from our garden center is suitable for your area’s climate.

Our plants are grown in greenhouses that are open completely to the elements.  For example, wind stress actually increases stem diameters for a sturdier plant.  Cold and heat stress creates tougher, more well-developed root systems.

Gardening is about discovery, being creative, and having fun. You’ll save time and energy buying plants from garden centers that have healthy plants to choose from and garden experts that can help you.

Choosing Healthy Plants

Healthy-Plants.jpgWhen choosing healthy plants, you’ll want to look at the overall shape of the plant. A full plant with green leaves and a strong stem is what you are looking for. Healthy buds are good indicators, but healthy plants are perfectly fine without flowers.

Take a look at the plant’s leaves and stem. If the leaves appear pale or the plant’s stem is weak, this may be a good indication that the plant was grown too warm or is lacking fertilizer.

Once you have selected your plants, be sure to plant them in your container garden right away. This will help your plants get a good start, so you can enjoy their healthy blooms all summer.

You can find a large selection of healthy plants at any of our garden centers.

Choosing plants from knowledgeable garden centers, who grow their plants in the right environment, is the first step for a healthy garden. Looking at the overall shape of the plant will help you select healthy plants that you can enjoy all summer in your yard.  

 

 
 

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