Things to know when you buy plants!

Hi friends, I did guide you about when and where to buy your plants in the previous post. To read, you can click here.

This post is about things you need to know while buying plants:

Take time out to buy plants: I have seen many people who go to the nursery just like they did visit some shop, tell the manager/staff what plant they want, pay for it and get going. Don’t do that. Every single time to visit the nursery explore the plants there. Notice what kind of plants they have and what not. How have they aligned the plants. There are some which are kept out while others inside the poly-house. Just by observing this, you’ll come to know which are shade plants, which require full sunlight and which require partial.

Talk to the manager/staff: The Nursery staff/manager are highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to plants. Talk to them. Tell them your requirements. Tell them you’re looking for “indoor plants” or “flowering plants” or “medicinal plants” and acknowledge what they suggest. Ask them how to maintain these plants – how to prune and fertilize-  see what they suggest.

Be Flexible: I know you must have planned your garden before visiting the nursery. But be flexible. You’re not always going to find all the plants you require. So keep an optional list ready. Also incorporate the manager/staff’s suggestion on what you should buy. They generally guide very well.

Enjoy the process: Let it be a play and not a work! Do it because you enjoy doing it. Let it not be one of those things on your to-do list. 😉

Happy Gardening 🙂

 

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When and Where to Buy Your Plants from?

With so many Online and Offline options available, one often ponders where to buy the plants from. I would recommend buying plants from a local Plant Nursery! Wondering why am I saying so?

5 reasons to buy plants from a local plant Nursery!

  1.  Local Nurseries keep only the plants that thrive well in the local weather/climate conditions. So in short, their maximum chunk of plants are sturdy ones.
  2. Since the plants are sourced from local farms, they suffer less damage in transit.
  3. They are cheaper.
  4. You can actually see, feel and touch the plant before buying. You can choose to buy a specific plant which you like. A lot of times there are several options available in a single category. To give an example, have a look at the following images.

    All of them may be categorized as pink hibiscus. But you can notice the difference, not only in the shades but also in species. So it is best that you see the flowers so that you know what you’re buying rather than just having a vague idea.
  5. It helps create/foster employment in local area and by employment I mean all those who are engaged in this activity right from farm to the nursery.

 

When to buy Plants:

It is always a great idea to buy new plants. The only thing you have to be careful about is buying plants during change of season. In India this would typically mean the months of June, October and March. Two main reasons for not buying plants in these months:

  1. Like humans, plants also suffer from lower immunity during change of season especially if they are young. They either get infected with some disease or are vulnerable to pest attacks. I am not saying this to discourage you from buying plants. I just want you to be prepared for it. You ought to know that even if your plants are attacked or infected, it is temporary, like we catching a flu!
  2. If you’re buying plants for the first time, you should know what to expect out of it. For example, you bought a plant in the month of March when it had blossomed and had abundant flowers. You bought the plant expecting it to continue flowering just to know, that it has stopped flowering within a week’s time; only because its flowering season was December-March.

I hope this article has helped you. Please leave your comments on the comment section below and let me know your feedback. Also please do Like, Share and Follow the Blog.

Happy Gardening! 🙂

Balcony & Terrace Gardening

Now that you have decided which type of Garden you’ll be creating, let’s proceed to create one! In case you missed the article on different types of Garden that you can create, click here!

Where to Begin:

  • Factor in the space available in your Balcony/Terrace
  • Also check the hours of sunlight available
  • Decide on the type of Garden that you want to create/Design
  • Decide on the number of plants you’ll like to have
  • Decide exactly where and how you’ll place them. Positioning is the key! While deciding the position of each plant see to it that you’re placing plants that require sunlight in a spot that receives maximum sunlight and the shade loving plants on the other end.
  • Buy suitable pots and Containers for the plants
  • Buy the plants/seeds
  • Pot the Plants as mentioned here
  • You’re all set!!

Designing:

  • Pots are the first ones to grab the attention of the onlookers! And probably Yours too!
  • As I said, positioning is the key! Place the plants in proper hierarchy or Patterns.
  • Climbers/creepers, especially flowering ones, add a lot of beauty. Do give it a shot. I realized it too late! Now working on them. If you have climbers, you can have simple pots as the climbers end up covering the entire pot! So climbers are the best way to conceal anything. Just place them in front of the wall you want to conceal along with a trellis and there you are! They are magical. You just need to put in little efforts to train them.
  • Garden decor – click here to know how to decorate your garden.

5 Best Picks For Your Balcony/Terrace:

You can always go for simple terracotta pots. But here are my 5 best picks that will help you give your Balcony/Terrace a perfect facelift! You can click on the images for more details.

This stand fits in both as a corner piece or against a wall. You can even think of keeping it indoors!

If you want to add a touch of exquisiteness to your Garden, these planters would just say it all!

If you have a space crunch you can definitely think about going for this one! I have a complete article dedicated to vertical garden. Click here to know more about vertical Gardens.

If you would like it colorful, go for these ones

Lastly, my favorite, simple and sweet one! When placed in a row, they tend to give a nice classified look!

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