Growing lush and healthy plants isn't easy. Even the most gifted and skilled horticulturist knows all too well the pain of watching a beloved piece of vegetation wilt away. So why is it that the plants at commercial nurseries always look picture perfect?
Here at All Green, we're proud of our impressive nurseries. They feature many different kinds of plants, and we love nothing more than tending to their needs. To help you get the same great results at home, here are some of the ways we look after our nursery plants.
At All Green, our team has decades of experience taking care of plants. Our nurseries are our pride and joy, and we pull out all the stops to get our plants looking their best. Find out more about our nurseries, and how we can help with your horticultural needs.
1) Don't forget to regularly water your plants
If they are to thrive, plants need to be watered regularly. Moreover, they need to be watered a specific amount: plants won't live up to their full potential if they're thirsty, or if they sustain damage due to overwatering. Knowing what watering schedule will work best for a specific variety of plant is imperative to getting great results.
Of course, one of the main advantages that a commercial nursery has is that there's a large staff of employees who are able to water the plants at regular intervals. While there can potentially be occasional oversights at a nursery, there's still a large team devoted to taking care of the plants. With a home garden, responsibility for watering the plants can come down to a single, fallible person.
There are ways around this issue, though. For example, if you consistently forget to water your plants, it might be time to invest in a timed sprinkler system.
2) Let your plants have some fun in the sun
We don't have room in this article to explain all the nuances of photosynthesis — but suffice it to say that plants need light to grow! Different plants need different levels of light, so make sure you take that into account when choosing a location for your plants.
3) Use fertilisers for your plants
Gardeners who are just getting started spend so much time focusing on solar and aquatic considerations for plants that they can forget about the importance of nutrients. But fertilisers are absolutely necessary if you want to grow your plants as big as they can be.
Effective fertilisers can include:
- Diluted water-based fertilisers that spray onto the garden during watering
- Long-term fertilisers that slowly release nutrients over time for long-lasting results
- Compost that you make yourself — which, as well as being good for the things you're growing, is an effective and environmentally conscious way to process waste
4) Climate control can get the most out of your plants
Plants need more than just sun, nutrients, and water to succeed. The climate has an enormous impact on how well plants grow as well. Our nurseries are relatively temperature controlled, so we can steer clear of the scorching heat and frosty winters that can impair a plant's growth.
If you're absolutely committed to getting the biggest and best plants possible, you might like to think about investing in a greenhouse. It sounds like a big investment, but it's actually very achievable.
5) Nip any problems in the bud
At a nursery, our team has been trained to look out for pests and disease. Those miscreants can wreak havoc on a garden and must be dealt with.
The first step is noticing that you have a problem. Everybody knows what slugs look like, and has seen the devastation that they can inflict on an innocent cabbage patch. But have you ever heard of aphids? Well, they're a dreadful annoyance for gardeners, and you're going to need to know how to deal with them. Do you know how to spot one, and what to do next?
Contact a member of the horticultural team down at one of our nurseries, and they'll help you deal with pests before they become a problem.