This is a fine example of a plant you do NOT want to buy.
I would be hard pressed to find a more fine example of a root bound plant.
This poor guy is choking to death.
I must confess that I never check the roots before I buy. I just grab a flat based on the flower type and color.
For this guy to survive, you MUST loosen those roots. I grab a small bunch at the bottom and just yank it off and toss it. Then I use my thumb and fingers to gently massage the root ball until it looks something like this one. It goes very quickly. You don't have to be terribly gentle.
Now he's ready to be placed in the soil and I think he will survive just fine. Those roots can now reach out to get water and nutrients.
It would really be best to check before you buy. You should not waste your hard-earned cash for an inferior plant like that.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.