Many of us have heard of a plant nursery but have never given enough thought to how it can be beneficial to us. Some of us only have a cursory idea of what a nursery actually is. A plant nursery is designed for the propagation and care of young plants. Often a nursery contains one or more large greenhouses, which helps shelter new plants from frosts or excessive heat and helps them grow naturally. In order to maintain a system like this, a complex watering systems to cut down on the labor of nursery workers is also necessary. Sometimes, shops that exclusively sell plants are called a nursery regardless of whether they actually start and grow their own plants or purchase them elsewhere. A nursery has the option to sell products at retail value to the public, or may exist to sell wholesale to other nurseries. In some cases, a plant nursery will specialize in one kind of plant or tree such as pond plants or ferns to be considered a special nursery.
Even when a nursery has a number of different plants to offer, it may specialize in a few plants, like fuchsias or roses. A nursery often stocks plants that are likely to sell, since there is little guarantee that plants will sell. Some plants have a short shelf life. Annuals, for instance, will usually only last a year before requiring replacement. Hence the nursery manager has to choose the plants that either sell fast or last long.
Towards the end of the planting season, one can often manage sales of on certain products. When the sales are on perennials that will bloom yearly, they may represent real savings. However, a purchase of annuals may not be a great deal if the plant is nearing the end of its blooming season.
Nursery workers often are especially knowledgeable about what plants will work well in your garden. They can advise you regarding shade plants, hardy plants for your growing region, and in general about plant care. A nursery may also sell gardening tools, planting materials like mulch or manure, and gardening books.
You can generally tell a good nursery from a bad by examining the plants. If the plants look well-watered, relatively bug-free, and healthy, then it is likely that the company is taking good care of the plants. If the plants do not look good, or seem under-watered, chances are they will not do well in your garden. A nursery may guarantee the health of their plants if one has doubts. It is always suggested to give the nursery workers a clear idea of the purpose of buying plants for you and your daily schedule. They would then be able to suggest those plants which need little care and infrequent water but look good in homes. It is best if you can show them pictures of where you intend to keep the plants as different plants need different amounts of sunlight.
Hence choose the plants which match your interiors and also your personality.