a beautiful cluster of Echeveria being held high in sunny weather

Choosing a Healthy New Plant

It can be very tempting to want to rescue water-logged, stretched out, sad looking succulents. And I won't lie, when the price is right and I know I've got some time to do it properly, I go for it. I can't think of a time where I didn't regret it though. It either took more time than I anticipated or there were other issues lurking (ahem pests) which made the rescue futile and frustrating.

My main objective when I am plant shopping, whether it be on-line or in-person, is to find a well cared for, healthy plant who is sun-kissed and ready for a photoshoot. Finding beautiful, unique plants to photograph and also add to my collection of course. With this in mind, I stay clear of supermarket and chain stores for plants as a rule. Sometimes there's a hidden gem, don't get me wrong, but in Canada these are just imported in bulk, plopped on the shelf with fingers crossed they sell before they die. 

In Burlington Ontario, I am fortunate as I have a dozen or more quality nurseries nearby, and aim to support local whenever possible.

What to look for in the quest of a perfectly healthy plant:
->No signs of rot, brown or mushy leaves, and certainly no black or soft stems. Normal bottom leaf loss is natural and not a concern. 
->Bugs! Look under the leaves and between the leaves (without being too handsy) to make sure you're not intentionally bringing home serious issues.
->At nurseries, look for multiples. Multi stems or offsets and chicks are a good thing- and show it is healthy and ready to grow. 

I offer bulk cutting boxes (during the warm mailing months) for those who want to grow their collection swiftly or do not have the quality options available to them locally.  ->>Shop 20 Cutting and 40 Cutting Boxes<--

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