There are many things to consider when selecting a plant nursery. You want it to be convenient, of course, but also friendly and knowledgeable. The best plant nurseries can help you pick out the right plants for your home, answer any questions about them and even show you how to care for them once they arrive at your door. Consider these tips before shopping around!
Plant stores can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.
If you’re looking to buy plants for your home, a plant nursery can be overwhelming. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available at many nurseries. You might not know where to start or what questions to ask.
There are a few things that will help narrow down your search and make sure you find the right nursery for your needs:
- Look local first. It’s always best to support local businesses when possible, so look at nearby nurseries before considering anything further away. If there isn’t one within driving distance, consider shipping costs and delivery times before purchasing online only because it may end up costing more than shopping in person after all!
- Consider lighting situation before purchasing new indoor plants; most indoor plants need indirect sunlight (i.e., they don’t want direct sunlight shining directly on them), but check their fine print since some types can tolerate brighter light than others (eucalyptus trees are an example). If possible visit during different times of day so you can see how much natural light each spot receives throughout a 24 hour period as well as evening hours when lights might be turned off inside buildings or homes–this will give insight into how much artificial illumination is required too.”
How to choose a nursery
- Choose a nursery with a good reputation
Think about what you’re looking for when choosing a nursery. Do you want to be able to take classes and learn about plants? Do you just want to get some plants and get going, or do you need help selecting the right ones? Think about the kind of customer service you expect from a nursery (if any). Does it have an online presence, or are they more old-fashioned in their approach? If so, how do they communicate with customers? Will they send emails out when there is an event happening at the store like sales or new plant arrivals? These are all things that may impact your experience as a customer and could help narrow down which nurseries are right for your needs.
- Consider proximity
Where do you live? Is there anything nearby that makes sense for what kind of care these plants would require—an indoor location versus an outdoor one; lots of light exposure required versus not much at all; warmth vs colder temperatures etc.? Are there other plant nurseries close enough in distance so that driving between them is easy enough (ideally within 30 minutes)?
Shop local, if possible.
When shopping for plants, whether you’re at a local garden center or online, it’s always best to buy locally. This ensures that your plants have not been sitting around on a truck or in a warehouse for days before they reach you and get put into their new home. Local plants are less likely to be infested with bugs and more likely to be native to your region. They’re also more likely to be suited for the climate and soil type where you live—and will grow well if properly cared for.
Consider your lighting situation.
When choosing plants for your home, it’s important to consider how much lighting you have. Natural light from windows and skylights is great, but make sure you don’t put your plant in direct sunlight. If there are no windows nearby, take a look at the amount of artificial light in that area of the house. Is there a lamp? A ceiling fixture? How about an overhead bulb fixture?
If you’re not sure how much natural or artificial lighting your plant will get, use these guidelines:
- If there’s plenty of sun throughout most days of the year (or if it stays bright all day), it may be best to choose shade-loving plants instead—like ferns or philodendrons—that can thrive without constant sunshine on their leaves.
- If there are only a few hours per day when the sun comes out (say during lunchtime), choose plants that don’t mind being in shade during those times; they’ll still grow just fine under artificial lights later on!
Think About Your Space
As you’re shopping for plants, you’ll want to take into account how much space they will need. This will help you select the right size plant and pot, which could save you money in the long run.
A good rule of thumb is to multiply the height of the plant by 2 to find out how tall it will be when it grows up.
If a plant needs a lot of light, keep that in mind when choosing where it goes in your home or office. The same goes for temperature and humidity—remember that some plants like warm temperatures while others prefer cooler environments!
Make a List of Wants and Needs
The first thing to do is to make a list of wants and needs. This is an important step because if you don’t know what you want, how will the nursery know? You can include anything that comes to mind, but remember that it’s better to be realistic than over-ambitious.
You will have time later on in the process to add or remove items from your list as needed—and even cross things off altogether if they don’t work out.
For example: I really want some plants for my front porch, but since I’m not ready for them yet (it gets too cold at night), I put “front porch” at the top of my list with an asterisk next to it so I remember not to buy any just yet!
No matter where you decide to shop, you’ll want to keep an eye out for these red flags.
- The nursery should be clean and well-organized.
- The nursery should have a good selection of plants to choose from.
- The staff should be knowledgeable and helpful.
- The nursery should have a good return policy in case you are not satisfied with the quality of your purchase. If you buy live plants, they will most likely need to be returned within 30 days for exchange or refund as long as they are still alive and healthy when received by the customer service department at the plant store. It’s important that there is an easy way for customers to contact someone if there is any problem with their purchase or questions about how best to care for it once it arrives home with them!
Having the right plant nursery can make all the difference in your plant choices and success
Choosing a plant nursery can make all the difference in your plant choices and success. The first step to choosing a good nursery is knowing what your needs are. If you’re not sure, check out this blog post: Plant Selection.
Once you have an idea of what plants you want, then it’s time to find a nursery that has them. It might be difficult because there are so many nurseries out there but don’t worry about it too much! You might even be surprised by how easy it is once you start looking around for yourself! Just remember these tips:
- Make sure they have the variety of plants that interest you most (you can always ask)
- Check out the quality of their stock before buying anything from them This can tell us more than anything else about how well they take care of their own products and how much care customers receive after purchasing something from them
With all this in mind, you should be able to shop for your next plant nursery with confidence. If you have any questions about what to look for when choosing a nursery, don’t hesitate to ask us! We’re here 24/7 (and even on Sundays).