purchase plants compared on stared with seeds

JeffNicolaysenApril 19, 2013

I planted last week and I noticed the plants I purchased are darker green then the ones I started from seed. I did harden the ones I started and they look fine just lighter color.

What could cause this?

And is it a problem?

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    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:20PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Commercial plants are sometimes over-fertilized to give them that dark green appearance. The uninformed public thinks they look healthier which isn't necessarily true.

Other issues - light exposure for example - can lead to color differences as commercial growers grow plants very differently than the average home grower. Different varieties can also differ in leaf color.

Is it a problem? No, not if your home grown plants are sufficiently fed and appear healthy.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:30PM
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Thanks for the reply. I would be afraid to fertilize more because I put bone meal and kelp meal in the whole with all the plants. And the soil is very well composited. The purchased ones may have been in the sun more.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 2:56PM
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