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How We Gone Choose Plants?

How We Gone Choose Plants?

So electing the best possible plants is one of the surest ways of increasing your chances of success. Whether you buy your plants from a local store or from a reliable garden center or nursery, always make sure they are in good condition.

Using a Plant Label
• Season of interest Find out when the flowering period is, and whether the flowers are fragrant.
• Potential size Use the label to check what the plant’s potential height and spread will be.
• Hardiness Check to see if the plant is fully hardy. If it is not, it will need protection from harsh winds and low temperatures throughout the winter months.

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Poisonous Plants
Plant safety The plant label should indicate whether skin reactions or poisoning are a potential problem. This information is especially important if children play in or near the garden.
Choosing Plants for Your Garden Soil
Before buying a plant, be sure that it is suitable for die spot you have in mind. Knowing the range of different growing conditions in your garden will help you decide what to buy. You should also consider what the plant will look like with its neighbors.

Buying Good Plants

• Wlien to buy Avoid buying plants during or just after an extremely cold spell. Even the root balls of hardy plants may freeze if unprotected, and this can prove fatal. Delay buying until spring, when a plant’s state of health is apparent from the foliage.
• Clean soil mix Select plants with soil mix that is free of weeds, algae, moss, or liverworts. These all indicate that the plant may have been in its pot too long.
• Damaged plants Avoid wilting plants and those with blotched leaves. If plants have been underfed, or have suffered from drought or waterlogged conditions, they may be permanently damaged.
• Fragrance Try to choose some plants specifically for their scented blooms.

Poisonous Plants

Choosing for a Specific
• Narrow bed Choosing plants suitable for a narrow bed can be tricky. If the bed is adjacent to a wall or fence, choose plants that can tolerate dry shade. If the bed is next to a path, avoid plants with thorns or prickly leaves.
• Island bed If the bed is wide, choose tall plants that require little maintenance for central areas where access is difficult. If the bed is in a lawn, choose plants that will not flop over the grass.
• Easy border Choose shrubs that require little pruning and combine these with perennials that need no winter protection. Avoid plants that must be supported, and try to buy drought-resistant plants. Bulbs are useful, but plant only hardy ones that do not need to be lifted and stored during the winter.

Corner bed
This type of bed often needs plants that can thrive in a relatively dry soil. Choose tall plants for the back and small, trailing plants for the edges.

Storing Plants
Always try to transfer plants into the ground as soon as possible after purchasing them. If extremes of cold or wet make the soil totally unsuitable at the time, or if you cannot plant everything in one day, you may need to store plants. Do this for as short a time as possible.

Plants Outdoors
Heel in bare-root shrubs and trees to keep the roots moist and in good condition. Place the plant at an angle in a hole in the ground. This reduces the effect of wind on the stems, which can rock the roots.

Planting in a pot
Sink a container-grown plant into the ground while it is still in its pot. This will help to protect the plant’s roots from extremes of temperature. It will also help keep the soil mix from drying out.

Caring for Stored Plants
• Protecting roots The roots of a stored plant are very susceptible to damage. Extremes of temperature can kill roots. Protect the root ball by insulating it with soil, burlap, or plastic bubblewrap.
• Preventing growth Never feed a plant while it is being stored. This could stimulate growth at a time when the plant needs a resting period.
• Moist roots Keep roots moist, but do not Overwater them. Roots that are confined to a sunken pot or to a temporary planting hole are easier to Overwater than those that are in open ground.
• Dormant plants Plants that are dormant adapt to storage conditions much more successfully than plants that are still actively growing.

Storing Bulbs
• Dry conditions Place bulbs on dry sand or newspaper in a tray, and make sure they are not touching each other. Label each tray with the date and the type of each bulb.
• Circulating air A cool, but frost-free shed, greenhouse, or garage is ideal for storing bulbs. Air circulation helps to prevent diseases, but avoid exposing the bulbs to drafts.

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Storing Plants Indoors
• Sheds and garages Do not allow temperatures to rise high enough to encourage growth. This will make it difficult for a stored plant to become established once it is planted outside.
• Rodents Keep mice away; they will eat plants in storage.

Covering roots
Store bare-root plants temporarily in an unlieated garage or shed. Cover the roots loosely with plastic or moist burlap to prevent them from drying out.

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