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How to Find the Best Local Flower Nurseries

March 17, 2016 , In: Landscaping, Outdoors , With: 2 Comments

Gardening season is upon us and the rush to find the best plants is setting in. Getting the perfect plants is only one part of the equation. First, you have to find a local flower nursery that has everything you need. Finding the right nursery can take time and effort. The list below should give you a good idea of how to locate the best nursery in town and cut down on the time it takes you to start shopping.Magenta Flowers

Don’t Wait

Even the best nurseries eventually get picked clean, if you show up too late your selection is pretty sad looking. A great nursery can get a bad reputation if all you see when you visit is poor plants that have been combed over a thousand times by eager hands.

Call the nurseries in your area to find out when they get deliveries and try going after they restock. Visit during the week instead of on the weekend for a better chance at finding healthy plants. Try to make it to the nursery on a Thursday instead of a Saturday. You’ll beat all the other procrastinators there and have a better shot at snagging some prime plants.Purple Violets

Ask Around

Seriously, just ask. If you see the sweet old lady down the street has an impressive garden, stop by and ask her where she gets her plants from. You might get a tip about a great local nursery that’s a bit of a hidden treasure. Longtime local gardeners could know all about the nurseries in your area, including which ones to avoid. Ask the gardeners in your town where they like to go when they’re getting geared up for planting.

Check Online Reviews

In the digital age, it’s becoming easier to quickly access information. While the nursery website may look enticing, a quick online search can turn up results saying their plants are always yellow and dying and the employees are rude. It doesn’t hurt to do a little research beforehand. You might save yourself a drive.

When you search for local businesses in your area, there’s almost always some kind of rating attached to them. Feedback from previous customers can go a long way toward helping you find the perfect garden nursery in your area.

Find a Directory

A quick search online can find a directory of garden nurseries in your town. The directory may even show you:

  • How far each nursery is from your location
  • A general list of what they carry
  • How they’re rated compared to other nurseries nearby

Searching “find flower nurseries near me” can bring up a list of businesses in your area along with their phone numbers, business reviews, websites and business hours. While you may be able to find a nursery that sells products online, there’s no way you can really be sure what you’re going to get. Being able to look at a plant firsthand and inspect it will give you a lot more information about the plant than an online description ever could.Daisy Butterfly Photo

Be Picky

Yeah, you heard me! You know what you want, and you shouldn’t have to settle. While the nurturing side of you may want to take that sickly plant home and tend to it until it thrives, the smart side of you should know mistreated plants may never fully recover. If the first nursery you go to doesn’t have a great selection, just keep looking. You might have to check several places before you find the quality of plants your garden deserves.

Finding a nursery with good prices for good products could take you a while, but the end result is worth the wait. If you find a quality nursery, you’ll always have a place to depend on for your garden. The right nursery should have a good selection of plants that are suited for your zone. The plants should be healthy and the employees should be knowledgeable. Never be afraid to ask questions. It’s better to risk feeling silly for asking a question about a plant than to spend money on a plant that isn’t right for you.

How to Pick Your Plants

Now that you found the right nursery, you need to know what to look for when it comes to finding a healthy plant for your garden.

  • Plants in new containers are probably fresher and better cared for. A plant in a faded pot or dry soil may have been sitting for a while. Over time, plants will deplete the nutrients in the soil. Plants that have sit out may be nutrient starved and might not ever reach their full potential.
  • Check for dry or yellow leaves. If the plant feels crunchy, it’s dehydrated. If the soil is dry and cakey, that plant hasn’t been watered in a while. Leaf problems can also indicate infection or pests.
  • Get plants that have more buds than they do flowers. Flowering plants are putting all their energy into those flowers, and not into building a healthy root system. You can pinch off flowers to encourage growth.
  • Avoid rootbound plants. A nursery assistant can allow you to examine the roots of a plant you’re interested in. If the roots are one massive knot that takes up the entire pot, that plant probably isn’t the one for you. If you’re determined to take that plant home, you can try cutting through the roots to loosen them before you plant.

Picking the right flower nursery can take some time, but no one ever said finding perfection was easy. How do you decide what to plant every year and what will be in your garden this season?


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How to Find the Best Local Flower Nurseries
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    • Olivia Nelson
    • May 8, 2017

    Being picky about your flower choice makes a lot of sense. It would seem that you would want to find a nursery that offers the right flowers for you and has the right service. I’m looking for new flowers for my yard so I’ll have to be sure to be very specific when choosing which ones and where to buy them.

      • Megan
      • May 11, 2017

      I’m currently trying to cultivate Zinnias for the first time. It’s all about what works best in your yard! Thanks for reading, Olivia.:)

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