Actually, since Lowes and other box stores depend on bringing plant material in
from other growers, they have deals in place for damaged or dead plants. They
get replaced or refunded. However, in that deal, they must discard the plants.
Here, Lowes sprays them bright orange on the outer container and mark them down.
I think it offsets their loss, but I will also say the Lowes I shop at here in
this neck of America have very good, informed staff and their nursery centers
are immaculate and well kept all season. Not an easy thing to do in a box
store...where, for the most part, gardeners don't shop.
I agree wholeheartedly with this. Even in our local garden
centers, it pays to buy & install plants soon after they
arrive in inventory. They don't get better as they year goes
on. Even with GOOD care, they become increasingly potbound.
I find that it also pays to visit the garden centers before
the season starts to see what has overwintered (in order to
avoid buying it later). I have bought a few plants that had
suffered in pots, and although with TLC they became healthy
and strong, a year or two of growth was lost as they
recovered. The time loss isnpt worth it to me, even if the
price is reduced. But often, the price is the same, and it's
Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a)
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