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Purchasing plants at the home center can be expensive in the short term; that’s why you should check over your plant carefully before making that purchase. You wouldn’t want to put a lot of effort and money into a plant that isn’t at its best. Making good selections and purchasing healthy plants pays off in the long run because your plant will likely survive from year to year or at least make it to the end of the growing season.
Thankfully, many garden centers and nurseries offer guarantees on their products for a year. Make sure to keep your receipt as proof of purchase just in case your plant dies prematurely.
Don’t just buy any plant that you find attractive; check the label first. Labels often give information as to the type of soil that the plant prefers, sunlight needs, estimated size at maturity, and care instructions. The last thing you would want is to have a humongous plant on your hands when you planned on having a smaller plant in a particular area. Conversely, you might find that the plant requires much more care than you are willing to give.
Don’t store plants for too long after purchase; it’s best to get them into place as soon as possible. Although inclement weather may prohibit you from planting your new purchase immediately, make sure to take proper care of the plant.
If you can't plant immediately, select a sheltered location where it won’t receive too much wind or direct sun. Potted plants may tip over in strong winds. If it will be an extended period of time before you’ll be able to put the plant in the ground, consider potting the plant a large container.
Water plant according to label instructions, but monitor moisture levels of the soil. Keep in mind that soil tends to dry out quicker in potted plants than it does when the plant is in the ground.