May Tip of the Month
Choosing the perfect annuals
Now that the gardening season is in full swing, and many of the area garden centers are loaded with annuals, perennials and flowering hanging baskets, let’s take a few moments to discuss “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” about choosing the right healthy plants for you garden. Ironically, one of the biggest problems that consumers face is the balance between what may be a good looking plant to some, what a superior plant to others is, and what price should one pay for an awesome, healthy, hardy Vermont-Grown plant; and quite honestly there is a big difference between these three choices.
So, let’s start by looking at the initial aspect of choosing a healthy bedding plant. Frankly, you can always find healthy plants if you shop at the right garden center or greenhouse. Healthy, locally grown plants are generally the plants that experienced gardeners are lead to. Unfortunately, many novice gardeners learn during the initial phase of their experience that choosing the cheapest and most colorful plants are generally the most stressed annuals that money can buy. There may not always be a selection of annuals in “full bloom” to choose from when you walk down that greenhouse aisle, but don’t kid yourself, because there is always the opportunity the find that the “best” plants were left behind. The general consumers are people lead to “color” on annuals and repeatedly, they swoop them up, filling their carts with skimpy colorful plants that may or may not have the most potential for being the best performers. We strongly recommend to always look for plants that are well branched, have healthy lush foliage and may have a few blooms cracking color, with plenty more lateral breaks, and buds to come along right after they get in the container or ground. Lush plants just spiking color are much happier being transplanted in the ground than a plant that has been sitting in a pot or a pack for several weeks in full color, and guaranteed, you will choose some of the finer quality plants. Remember, most every plant has the ability to perform in the garden if it is healthy when you purchase it. Good quality, Vermont-Grown plants are easy to obtain. You just need to find a great garden center that grows extraordinary plants (which is easy to find in Chittenden County). Healthy, hardy plants should not be an exception. When you purchase plant material that was shipped in from other countries or other states, grown in warmer climates where plants grow quicker in the containers, they are generally stressed out before the even reach the retailers benches. Buying local product not only guarantees that your plants will be healthy and less stressed but better performers in the garden for the entire season!
Be patient, gardening is suppose to be fun, and picking out great healthy plants is the best way to start a beautiful, healthy, showy display; grown right here at Claussen’s by fellow Vermonters!!
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