Spring beckons. So that the joy of the purchased copies lasts a long time, it is worth taking a close look at the purchase. If a copy fails due to poor quality, this is often doubly annoying: in addition to the gap in the bed, there will soon be an additional hole in your wallet because replacements have to be procured. You don't have to be a botanist to recognize good quality.
Plants with kinked, broken or rotten parts, leaf spots or many dried leaves are better left out. Intact plants with plump, fresh green leaves and stems are the first choice. If you are unsure whether a plant looks the way it should look, the best thing to do is to buy it from a specialist gardener. In spring, flowering plants are offered in greenhouses. Late frosts can put an end to such plants.
Weighing is also worthwhile when it comes to choosing a variety. There are numerous different variants of many popular perennials. They differ in flowering time, abundance of flowers or flowering duration, their location requirements, their winter hardiness, lifespan or susceptibility to disease. Here it is worth taking a look into the plant pot. Last but not least, you can recognize good plant quality by the root system: Plants with firm bales with fine white root mesh usually grow well.
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