Supply Sources For The Gardener

By: Gambo Navi


Three from every four container plants are purchased at a garden centre. You may wander around and look at the perennials, trees and shrubs, conscious that at almost any time of the year it is possible to get a container-grown specimen and plant it within your own garden. Selecting a plant is straightforward but getting it home may be difficult - never bend or twist the stems to fit it into your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that a plant can get roasted in the boot or wind burnt if left next to an open window in a moving car. There are several rules to follow in order to ensure trouble-free shopping. Try to go at the beginning of the planting season before shortages occur, and try to go midweek to avoid the weekend crowds.

Do not buy on impulse unless you really know your plants - it is a lot better to take an inventory and buy the best specimens you can find. If you see a stunning plant which isnít on the list, make a record of its name to check its suitability in a text book or on the\by using internet when you get to your house. You can always buy it on your next visit if it is suitable.

Advantages:
You can see exactly what you are purchasing. When possible make your selection when a container-grown plant reaches its greatest display stage - flowering shrubs in bloom, berrying shrubs in fruit, etc.

Container-grown stock may be planted straight away. When your first option is not available, you can immediately pick something else.

Apart from trees it is generally possible to take your plants home with you - no delays, no transport costs.

Advice will always be on hand. However, do check the advice in a specialist book when you get home.

Disadvantages:
The varieties on offer are frequently the more common ones - you can not expect a garden centre to stock a large quantity of varieties which may not be bought.

Nurseries are normally some distance from the middle of town, which means that the nearest one might be inaccessible if you do not use a car.

Numbers of each variety may be restricted, so when you are planning for a massed planting or a long hedge you may have to order from a large mail order nursery.

The principle stock-in-trade, the container-grown plant is usually more expensive.

If something goes wrong:
If one or more of your plants fail and you are positive that it isn't your fault, take it back to the garden centre and explain what has occurred. You will need proof of purchase so always keep the receipt when buying plants. If your garden centre is a member of the Garden Centre Association (you will see IGC symbol on display) then it guarantees to exchange any container-grown plant which has failed within 6 months of purchase, as long as reasonable care has been taken.

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