Where to buy your plant

There are two major choices on where to buy your plant. The first are box stores (Wal-Mart or the like), next is a garden center. 

Box stores can be a good place to purchase a plant if price is your main consideration. You can still find decent quality at a box store you just have to look a bit closer at the plant you are purchasing. The plants that box stores get are of high quality but the workers are usually not trained on how to properly care for the plants that they get. As a result of this the quality of these plants tends to be lower.  

A garden center or a greenhouse usually has higher quality plants but may also have higher prices. Most will offer you better help in selecting your plant as the workers have a greater knowledge of plants, plus the care that goes into the plants at a garden center balances out the higher prices. 

One other way you could get a house plant is by the sharing method. This is free but will take longer to have a nice sized plant. Find someone that has an established plant and obtain a small piece of it. You will need to place it into water. Make sure you remove all the leaves that are under the surface of the water because they will put off ethanol that will stop the plant from rooting. Leave the plant in the water until several roots develop then pot in soil.



  1. Tyler W. Cox said,

    February 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    So, assuming that I am a cheapskate – and I am, how do I figure out which plants are the good ones at a big box store?

  2. Marianna Brandt said,

    February 22, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for this very useful information. I usually get my plants from the sharing method. The plants in a greenhouse are too expensive but it’s always enjoyable to go in and look. The workers are always very knowledgeable about their plants. I have found that the workers in the box stores sometimes have very little information to offer. I did not know that all of the leaves had to be removed before putting a clipping in water. So thank you for this helpful tip.

  3. Tyler W. Cox said,

    February 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for https://missybrandt.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/things-to-avoid-when-buying-a-plant/
    it’ll definitely help next time I go plant shopping.

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