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Digging Up the Dirt

“What if I’m too clueless to even talk to a salesperson?”

You can score some good plants even if you don’t know a cactus from a chrysanthemum. It’s wise for newbs to hit the nursery on a weekday, when the crowds are thinner, so you can have more uninterrupted one-on-one with the salesperson. Tell him about the light in your space, since it’s the most important plant-success factor (see “Go into the Light,” page 84). Also describe —be up-front about how much time and effort you’re willing to commit. A salesperson can steer you to a match only if you’re honest. Then get into aesthetics: Maybe your house has minimalist-chic

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