Category Archives: Buying plants

Honey – buy it from a beekeeper

Honey has been hitting the headlines lately. Cheap imports are being questioned as to their authenticity. It seems a pretty simple step for us to change our buying habits on this one product. I mean, how often do you buy honey? We all have it in the cupboard but it’s not a product we buy weekly (do we?) Well I don’t. And everyone’s keeping bees these days. You can buy honey from Centennial Park or from Cornersmith’s own hives. It isn’t too hard to find a beekeeper at a market and get the real thing straight from the source.

And buying honey from beekeepers is about more than just knowing you’re getting a high value product. It’s about supporting an Australian industry that supports so much more. We’ve all heard of colony collapse. We know how important it is to protect bees. Buying honey from a beekeeper is one of the best ways we can do this.

So take a step away from the big two and seek out your local beekeeper. Maybe consider buying a couple of jars to give as gifts and share the joy. If you want to help bees in other ways here’s a few more ideas:

  • make sure to have flowering plants in your gardens all year round – you can do this by leaving herbs and vegetables to flower and set seed or by specifically planting plants that flower at different times of the year;
  • don’t use any pesticides that are harmful to bees or any other beneficial insects;
  • spread the word.
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Things to think about: when buying plants


Space

The thing I like to think about most is the space I have and how I want the plant to fill it.  This means thinking about how large the plant will grow, when it flowers, what it’s sunlight and water needs are but also what shape the plant currently is and how I may need or like to shape it as it grows.  If you have a particular shape in mind you need to look at a few different plants to make sure the one your buying is heading towards the shape you’re after.  You then need to start shaping it as soon as you plant it.

Health

You need to make sure you’re buying a healthy plant.  Check the foliage.  Make sure there’s no discolouring or mis-shaping of the leaves.  Check the base.  You don’t want to be able to see any roots and a lot of weeds in the potting mix is never taken as a good sign.

Flowering

If you’re buying a flowering plant and there’s a question of the colour of the flower then you need to know what your buying will have the flower you want.  However, you don’t want to buy a plant in full bloom if you can help it.  Better to buy a plant getting ready to bloom.

Value

Another thing I think about when buying plants is how many plants can I get out of the one pot?  Often plants can be split so if you want a lot of plants is worth looking to see which ones you can break up.

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