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Nursery Plant Selection — Family Plot

All right Walt, See all of these lovely plants
we have on the table here. So, how do we go about
picking a good plant? Well.. Because you know folks are
anxious to get out there and start picking these plants
so they can get them in their garden. So, let’s help them out. Okay. Well, let’s think of it in terms
of the Clint Eastwood movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Well, first of all, you know,
you want to go to I guess a nursery or whatever, whether
it be a store or whatever. And what you want to
do is just kind of, just slightly pull up now. And what you want to see is
basically these white roots here. That’s what you want to see. That means this
plant is healthy. You know, they’re ready to go. You can go set them out. And I mean, that’s just a pretty
good lookin’ set of tomato plants there. I mean, I would be happy
with them in my garden. And I mean, you
know, be careful. Don’t just go all over the place
doing it because I’m sure the owner of the
nursery will be like, hey, at some point. He’s going to want
you to not do that. We can just tell them
Walt said you can do that. It’ll be alright. But also, as you can also see,
as in the case here with this Vinca. You know, here’s a
real pretty set. But then, whoa, look at there. We have this Anthracnose
is just eating this up. I would probably get some type
of disease obviously sitting here. Rhizoctonia or
something like that. Charcoal rot is
probably in there. And, you know,
this obviously just.. You just wouldn’t want that. That’s just where it’s been
over there in the nursery, just probably
getting too much water. You know, I don’t want to
talk about anybody’s watering techniques. But that could very
well be a problem. Here’s another one
with this Sedum. Here’s the good. Here’s the bad. This is pretty bad, isn’t it? And as you can see,
look at the brown roots. I mean, and this
thing is just soaked. I mean, I don’t want to
mess up the table here. But you can squeeze water. Look at that. I mean, look at that moisture. I mean, it’s just overwatered
and it’s just sat over there in the corner somewhere. So, you just wouldn’t
want to buy that one. Now let’s also look at something
else that you might see. You’ll see just
average old, just, you know.. Now here’s this rosemary here. It’s nice. But I’m sure.. Look at that. Look at those roots. I mean, it’s just root bound. I mean, just a
horrible example of it. I mean, great
example of root bound, I should say. Now before you go further, what
does the homeowner need to do about that when it’s root bound? Can they just cut it? Yes, you would just get
this and just pull it apart. Some people take a
little knife and score it, as they call. But that’s what you
would do with that. No obviously, here’s
a pretty rosemary. And I’m just a
rosemary freak to start with. So, I’ll use it a lot. So, this is just a great plant. So, this is what you will want
to buy and spend your money on. Now speaking of, we was
talking about the root bound. Look here at the bottom. Pick those plants up and make
sure you don’t get a lot of them with the roots like that. You know, coming out of the pot. Now obviously we can just
cut those off and still plant. But if you can get
something different, you would want to do so. Now I also have an example here. This one is probably lacked
a lot of nitrogen and water. Just feel that, Jo Anne. That’s pretty light, isn’t it? Hasn’t been watered
probably in days. So, you wouldn’t want that. And definitely when
you go and plant, we’re going to put some
fertilizer with this anyway. Another one here that
I have, tomato plant. Look at this purple-ish look. Probably phosphorus defeciency. Easily. So, when you plant this,
definitely put some 6-12-12 or something like that in
the hole with this plant. That’s good. That’s pretty distinct. Yeah, that’s
pretty distinct there. I mean, you know, and I know Jo
Anne wouldn’t put that in her garden. No, no way. Let’s see what
else we have here. There’s plenty of
examples of good and bad. Here we have some
Verbena, you know. And look, that’s obviously.. You wouldn’t want
to buy that one. But, hey. You wouldn’t mind
buying this one right here. That’s a nice, healthy plant. You know, you’ll want to take
that home and plant it and have the yard, you know, the best
looking yard on the street. So, that’s a good one, as well. I also have some
pepper plants here. And they’re pretty good. These were taken care of. Look at that. Good, healthy plant. And I just love
planting in these pots here. They’re just, you know.. They’re just going to
rot in to the soil. Good,
Earth-friendly way to plant. So, that’s.. Got quite a bit covered
right there with those. Let’s quickly talk
about our bargain rack. What do you have here
on the bargain rack? Oh, some strawberries. Now again, is that
pretty light, Jo Anne, right there? That’s light. Haven’t been watered. This was on the bargain rack. And just look at that. It’s just dry and crumbly. I mean, just all
this old dead material. These were some strawberries. Always remember you
get what you pay for. Now there are those who are
trained that can take these kind of plants and bring
them back to life again. We can be Doctor Frankenstein
and bring it back to life. And those are what we
call Master Gardeners. We learn those skills. And also, the people who go
through Jo Anne’s program. So, they learn all that. So, they can get
that resuscitated, huh? Oh, yes. But really, be careful
of that bargain rack. And a lot of times, too.. Let me get that back up here. It’s a reason it’s a bargain. The bloom period is past. And like I said, they just
trying to just get it out of there. That’s all they’re
basically trying to do. But I’m going to plant these. I want to have those. Yeah, you’re going to
have to let us know, too. Yes, yes, definitely. Now look, while we’re
having a little time left, we definitely want to
talk about watering. So, let’s talk about watering
regimes and whatever else you need to cover. Any time you plant,
you always start out.. Obviously I like to put
fertilizer down with it. And then also,
you want to water. Now here’s the key. A lot of plants, they
don’t like wet feet. They like moist feet. Just kind of.. You just want to
keep the soil moist, not just soaking wet. And once established, you
know, your vegetable crops, they like to have about an
inch to an inch-and-a-half, two inches of rain — I
mean water — every week. So, that.. Think about it. Vegetables are like
70% water to start with. So, and that’ll keep
that plant growing, putting on blooms, you know,
getting your pollinators in there, taking care of business. And hey, next thing you
know, it’s tomato time. Let’s get it on the hamburger. And I tell you what. If you have your vegetables in
container gardens or ornamental plants in container gardens,
they gonna have to be watered maybe a couple of
times during the summer. It gets pretty hot here. Absolutely. So, you might
need to water those, what do you think? — twice a day. Oh, definitely, definitely. But the main thing is we
want to water in the morning. We do not want to water at night
because remember that disease triangle. You have to what a pathogen. You’ve got to have the
right environmental conditions. You know, that’s
what you got to have. And then a susceptible host. And so, look. Most fungus diseases, they like
it dark and moist and humid. So, it’s nothing you
can do about that. But you can
control that moisture. You know, it’s
going too get dark. You’re going to
have that humidity. But at least you can keep that
water from getting on it until about 11:00,
10:00 in the morning. Alright. Definitely want to keep the
water off the foliage at night. That’s right, that’s right. Alright, Walt. We appreciate that information. Yes sir.

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