How to buy a plant
Pick a Strong Performer
Look for the best looking plant in the group so you know you're getting a strong performer. You want to choose a plant that looks fresh and healthy looking.
Do a quick check
Look over the plant to make sure it's generally in good condition. Often this is enough to see whether there are any obvious problems with the plant. Look out for broken stems, or if the plant has been trimmed a lot to extend its shelf life, as this means it may already be tired.
Check the flowers
If you're buying a flowering plant, try to choose one that has one or two flowers open already so that you can make sure you're getting the same plant that the label is showing. It's not that common, but the wrong label or an inaccurate colour on the picture can happen occasionally.
Has the plant been well-watered?
Make sure the plant looks well-watered. You don't want one that's bone dry, (you don't know how long it has been dried up for!), but you don't want one that is water logged either. A nicely moist soil is a good sign it has been well cared for.
Check for Pest and Disease
It's always worth having a quick check over the plant for pests or diseases as often it is obvious if there is any kind of infestation from pests such as pesky green aphids or other bugs.
If a plant is supposed to have green leaves, make sure they aren't yellowing on the tips as this could be a sign of malnourishment, or a sign of a poor/damaged root system that is unable to absorb the nutrients in the soil.
Check the root system
If possible try to get a look at the root system of the plant by lifting it out of its pot if it's small enough.
Does the pot already have fertiliser included?
Enquire if there is a slow release fertilizer included already in the pot as if there is you won't need to feed the plant again until it runs out.
Look for a Proven Winners Pot
Proven Winners breed their plants to be Proven Performers in the garden, so you know a plant in a white Proven Winners pot will be a plant you can trust to look great.