Garden Center Shopping: Comparing Apples to Apples

Garden Center Shopping: Comparing Apples to Apples

An email from a customer inspired this post. This person asked if we had 4 foot Leyland Cypress in stock, and if so, how much they are. This prompted a discussion of comparing apples to apples. There are many variables when it comes to nursery plants, especially for Leyland Cypress. If a Leyland Cypress has been raised at a good, professional grower, it will have been sheared with young, so that by the time it reaches our nursery it is full and thick. Others might grow that plant without shearing, and this results in a thin, scrawny tree. Both plants might be 4 feet tall, but they’ll in no way be comparable.

When comparing living plants, you’re far better off coming into the garden center and looking at the stock yourself. Is the rootball/pot as large as another you might have seen elsewhere? A larger rootball or container-grown plant will get established faster. Secondly, is the plant as full as others and does it look healthy?

Finally, if you’re buying three or more plants at Hyannis Country Garden, no matter which size and price you settle on, you’ll always get an automatic 20% discount!

Come into the garden center to look at the plants. It’s impossible to compare “apples to apples” from a price quoted over the phone.
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  1. Pat T. on April 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    How quickly do these grow in height? I have found in our new development, the entrance Lelands are very tall in three years!

    • CLFornari on April 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Leyland Cypress gro 3 feet a year once established. Note that they grow wide as well as tall and they do not stop growing. Place these where they can get 30+ tall and 25+ wide!

  2. Jim Croak on April 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    How are these key lands in regards to snow weight damage

    • CLFornari on April 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      How Leyands handle heavy snow depends on how they’ve been pruned. Those that are sheared from early on are so thick that not much snow piles up on the branches. But if people don’t shear them starting the first year in the landscape, and let the limbs grow long, these can hold heavy snow until they break or the plant tips over. I hope that helps!

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