Landscape Myths: The Plant Tag is Always Right about Size

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    Typically, as the weather grows warmer and the ground grows less frigid, planting new foliage becomes quite popular. The idea of enhancing or beautifying your garden seems to make sense as better weather looms. Whether you are an active gardener, or you simply enjoy planting due to the results it yields, heading to the nursery and using the information on a plant tag may be a part of your plans.

    How Accurate is a Plant Tag?

    Normally, the garden center houses a variety of different plants. For some, checking the plant’s tag to gain a better understanding of its appeal and size is necessary. For many, this label offers clarity. However, despite the convenience of this tag, the question you may want to ask is: “How accurate is a plant tag?” Here are some factors to consider when choosing a plant.

    Plant Traits

    Many factors can impact the size of a plant. Unfortunately, a plant tag will not depict its maturity precisely. Factors such as the inherent trait of the plant will play a role. Similar to other living things, plants contain DNA, which includes its genetic code. It is this aspect that details its characteristics.

    By understanding this, only then will you have an improved understanding of the size and how large your plant will grow. Its genetic makeup is also an indication of how the plant will function and survive in different settings.

    Setting & Location

    The particular location of a plant, or primarily which part of the world it is grown, will largely influence its size. For instance, certain plants flourish more in warmer climates in comparison to locations that have cooler temperatures. Sunflowers, dahlia, saliva, cactus are examples of plants that thrive better in warmer environments. Hence in colder areas, you are less inclined to see a tall cactus plant progressing to maturity.

    Plants are designed to survive in certain conditions. So, aspects such as temperature and proper levels of precipitation are critical to its existence. Therefore, foliage that is naturally accustomed to lasting in a particular setting or location will not withstand contrasting conditions.

    Temperature & Weather

    As indicated prior, location plays a pivotal role in the size of a plant. Additionally, temperature and weather also have an impact. The typical climate of a particular area can influence size. Weather elements, particularly rainfall, sunlight, humidity, can either nourish and support plant development or diminish it. If factors related to the environment, such as weather, are less than suitable, the plant’s growth is limited.

    Plants that are subjected to the wrong conditions are more susceptible to diseases and pests courtesy of environmental stress. They are unable to receive the sustenance that contributes efficiently to their wellbeing. Therefore, they become weakened and vulnerable to damaging effects.

    Planting Site

    Further to location and the effects of different climates, the environment or garden area that a plant is grown in will impact its size. For example, the type of soil used in this zone can influence its development. Hard soil can affect the plant’s root system changing how it absorbs water and nutrients.

    Space and ample light have a role in plant maturity. Overcrowding and the limitation of inadequate space can make growth challenging. The clash for sufficient light with other plants can also hinder its prolificity.

    Improper drainage is also an influence. Sitting in stagnate water makes the environment deplorable. It offers a home for damaging diseases. Plants must drain well enough so that air can access the roots and microorganisms that live in the soil. Poor drainage alters the health of a plant, which in turn decreases its chances of maturity.

    High Prairie Outdoors Can Help With Plant Selection

    Many individuals rely on the information provided on a plant tag. This label is generally relied on as a resource for guiding buying decisions. Depending on what is stated, a person will use this to decide whether it is suitable for their landscape.

    However, it is essential to note that the information offered on a plant tag is provided based on where it is cultivated. This means that the size is reflective of how large that plant grows in its originating location. So, if your geographic location is much different from where the plant is from, the information offered may not apply.

    Consider observing how the same plants perform locally. Or research information about the plant online. If these suggestions pose too much of a hassle, High Prairie Outdoors can assist. If you’re struggling with plant selection, we’re here to help. Click “Get Started” now.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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