What to Look For When Buying Plants

Potted Fig Tree on Wheels

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.


  1. Tina Davenport Revels

    very good advice ty

    April 8, 2013 at 3:18 am
  2. Tracy Blattenberger

    It would be great to find out what types of plants are good for indoors. I never seem to buy the right indoor plants!

    April 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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