Buying plants for Christmas gifts

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Common disease problems show up in yellow or brown leaves, rotting stems, and brown roots.

Check the soil to make sure it has good color, and hasn’t been two heavily compacted.  Pick the plant up and check to make sure that roots aren’t growing out from the bottom of the pot.

There are other things to consider which depend on where the plant if to be kept once you bring it home from the nursery.  Make sure that the plant is suited to the climatic conditions of your area.  If the plant is to be keep indoors, decide if it is going to need special lighting.  If you think that the plant is going to be put in the landscape, make sure it is adaptable to yearly highs and lows in temperature.  Your nurseryman should be able to help you in making these kinds of decision.

If you can follow these basic guidelines for selecting gift plants, your Christmas gift can be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come.

For more information on buying plants for Christmas giftscontact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or visit our website: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu.



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