Buying Plants

Purchase dormant, virus-indexed plants from a reliable nursery. (For an updated list of nurseries, see www.hort.cornell.edu/nursery.) Nurseries usually sell plants in bundles of 25. Ask that they be shipped in late April or early May.

When plants arrive, check them for signs of winter injury, mold, and root rot. Plants showing signs of winter injury—a brown- or orange-colored internal crown—are likely to die if the weather quickly turns hot and dry after planting. A heavy mold on roots and crowns indicates that they weren't stored properly. If plants are moldy, discard them. Store healthy plants in a refrigerator until you are ready to plant.

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