Like any other purchase, when buying plants you want to save on some money on every purchase. With plants, like a car or tv, you should do some research before buying them. Where you may think you have saved a lot in terms of the initial price, you might find that you paid a lot more, in the long run. This is attributable to the work and effort that you have to put into the healthy flourishing of the plant.
People have different reasons for buying plants, local or otherwise. It is advisable to buy plants that are grown locally instead of going for ones transported in for the following reasons:
It is common to buy plants when you think springtime is at hand and it is time for your gardening tools to be put into good use. Some regions experience some erratic changes in weather, and this leads to destruction of these plants if they are not from the same region. Buying plants locally, presents you with an array of options on plants which have adapted to the changes in weather and climate.
In cases where there is an erratic change in weather, the plants still survive because they are used to such changes. However, in a case where you had bought foreign plants, then all of them would end up dead. For example, an orange tree that is important from Mexico will not sustain the colder winters experienced in north Florida as compared to the more equatorial south Mexico. This leads to lost labor and effort, even though the plant store might reimburse you for the dead plants. Additionally, it still takes work to clear out the dead plants.
Buying plants from other regions increases the chances that the pests and diseases in those areas could be transferred into your area. This poses a problem because these pests and diseases spread to other plants. Plants that are grown locally also provide a conduit for pests and diseases sometimes. The only difference is that the latter, is common in the area.
Specialists have therefore already come up with ways of dealing with these pests and diseases in your area making it easier to fight them. There are specialized pesticides which are readily available for purchase. With foreign pests and diseases, though there may be pesticides to fight them, they may not be readily available. Moreover, these diseases and pests could react differently to the pesticides because they are in a different climatic environment.
Buying locally grown plants supports local businesses. This generates revenue for the locale and keeps resources within the area. It, therefore, aids in generating revenue for development. Additionally, buying local plants reduces the taxes to be paid. Cross-border purchases are more expensive because of the taxes levied.
If you cannot find original locally-grown plants, you can still reach a compromise by buying plants which have already been locally rehabilitated. Some sellers buy foreign plants, but then grow them in controlled conditions in order to ensure that they adapt to the changes in climate with time thus making them very similar to local plants.