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Old 12-14-2017, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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Hello everyone

Can anyone suggest is it better to buy small perennials or larger ones that have blossoms?
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:04 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Maybe fill in the question a little bit?
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:07 AM
 
Location: NC
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Small ones are cheaper and establish better, but it may take a year for them to get full size. Big ones are more expensive but it is instant gratification--although they are more likely to die that first year if not well attended.

The roots of the small ones explore the soil better and integrate with the soil particles to capture future nourishment. The roots of the big ones are already used to the potting soil and slower to explore the existing soil, plus there is more demand on the roots from the large leaf mass and flowers.
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Hello everyone

Can anyone suggest is it better to buy small perennials or larger ones that have blossoms?
It depends.

I generally go with the smaller plant. But - it depends.
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Whatever size you buy, make sure to rough up the root ball before planting. With 1-2 gallon containers, you can pretty much just do it with your fingers, making sure that plenty of the outer-most roots are freed and floating away from what used to be the bounds of the container. With larger plants -- and particularly those showing signs of becoming root-bound -- a common utility knife can be used to slash and score the roots, again making sure that they will be headed out into the new soil that will surround them after planting.
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Hello everyone

Can anyone suggest is it better to buy small perennials or larger ones that have blossoms?
It has been my observation that nurseries may hold a small plant too long in the same pot. So when you get it, it may be root-bound.

That 'larger plant with a blossom' needs to be looked at closely to see if it's roots have enough room.
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Old 12-16-2017, 05:19 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I myself prefer the smaller/younger plants. The cost difference can be quite extreme between the two. Perennial gardening is the art of patience, as any good gardener will tell you it takes a good three years for the plant to fully establish itself under good conditions. By using the larger ones you take the risk of the plant spending more energy to keep the top growing, which hinders the root growth. Sometimes I will opt for a larger plant to anchor in a garden bed, but for the most part if I can find a smaller/younger version, that's what I will buy.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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Buy the ones that fit the space the best

They come in many differant sizes and colors - some tall some not - some do better in full sun and some better in medium sun

You gotta do your homework
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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One thing that I have run into occassionally is mislabeled plants. So, if you are buying a flowering plant, there is an advantage to buying a plant that is old enough to be in bloom so you can actually see what you are getting.

"Perennial" runs a very large course all the way from little bitty flowering bedding plants to gigantic trees. Thus my request for clarification. My advice would be different for an apple tree vs Russian sage.

For several different types of perrenials, bare root might be the best option. For some of the little bedding plants, seeds or cuttings might be the best option. For some, the best way to buy is to buy bulbs.
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