When purchasing plants online, order them early in the year and find a nursery that will not bill a credit card until the plants ship. Order plants specific to the region. When trying a new nursery, buy a small order of plants first.
Buying plants at the beginning of the year means shoppers get the best selection. Some nurseries allow customers to place orders early, but will not bill a credit card until the order ships. In the event that there is a crop failure or other unforeseen problem, this is very important.
Ordering plants for a specific region is also very important. Finding a nursery located in a specific region means the plants are already used to the climate in that area and they will establish themselves more quickly. If the shopper lives in New York and orders plants suited for Florida, chances are, they will not thrive.
Try out a new company by placing a small order first. Check out the customer service, shipping speed and plant health before placing a larger order.
Online retailers provide a much larger selection of plants than found in most nurseries, so do not be afraid to experiment with new and different kinds of plants.