Tips for Buying Plants

1. Start out healthy

  • Choose plants with intact foliage and unbound roots.
  • Watch out for pests, fungus, mold or injury.
  • Smaller container sizes are often healthier, and cost less.

2. Avoid plants treated with pesticides

  • Plants are often treated with neonicotinoids that are harmful to beneficial insects, including bees. If possible, find a local nursery that can tell you what chemicals have been used in the growing process.
  • 3. Local or specialty nurseries are more likely to have harder-to-find species.