I’ve been thinking a lot about adding plants to my home lately, and I’m planning a trip to the garden center this weekend to find a few new ones. I’m going to be taking this list of tips with me for what to look for (and avoid)—the key is in the leaves:
Never buy plants with:
Brown, crispy leaf edges: May indicate underwatering, stress.
Yellowing leaves: May indicate overwatering.
Papery, bleached leaves: May indicate spider mites.
Notched leaf edges: May indicate insect damage.
Too many broken stems: May indicate rough handling.
Tiny scars on undersides of leaves: May indicate insect damage.
Wilted, brown, or spotted leaves: May indicate fungal disease.
If you’re going to be shopping for new plants soon, be sure to read how to shop smart at the garden center before you go.