Planting Instructions

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 29th 2017

Planting Instructions:

Bare root plants need to be planted shortly after receiving them, but we do realize that things happen, and things come up. We pack each plant in terasorb moisture gel so that your plant will stay wet up to 4 days; If you see that it's going to take longer to plant the plants, unwrap them and water them every 1-2 day as needed. Always keep the roots away from sunlight or air exposure until you plant them. One can place the plants in some potting soil and keep moist until they are ready to go into the ground. Before one plants you can soak the roots in water for a bit, and it will increase your survival rate.

Q: I'm ready to plant now, how do I plant my flowers?

For shrubs, conifers, or trees:

A: First pick the right place for your shrubs, conifers, or trees, making sure to give them the ideal conditions for light and well-drained soil. Most of these hardier plants will do well in full sunlight. Dig a hole for your plant. Make sure to dig a hole to 1/3 more extensive than the root ball. Digit larger and broader down a little further. It will allow you to put some loose soil back into the hole. Then take a minute to loosen the ground in the inside edges of the hole. By giving your new plant the loose dirt around the root ball, the roots will be able much more quickly to become established in the new location and helps to ensure a healthy start. Now, place the plant on the loose dirt mount inside the hole, and cover with dirt. The level of the earth should be just above the root ball of your plant. Now you can add compost, or mulch to add some nutrients to your soil. Lastly, water well to help your plant get started. As with any other plant, the most delicate time for the plants will be the first few months after planting. So take care to keep it watered during this time if the soil becomes dry.

For Bare Root Ferns:

A: For ferns to do well, they must be healthy upon planting to survive harsh weather conditions. In warmer climates, it is ideal to plant ferns in the fall season. For colder climates, spring is best to plant ferns. Mix potting soil and dirt with the ferns in the pots, and they will do good; While real plant transfers should have the fronds cut back so the fern will use, its energy to establish the root system before focusing on growing its leaves. The root ball should be in a healthy condition before planting the actual plant. Cover around the fern with straw or mulch so help the fern to hold more water.

For Live Stakes:

A: Hardwood cuttings and real stakes should be wet before you plant them. After removing from the water, immediately plant them. The top of the stake should be square off while the bottom is cut at an angle. Plant these 1 to 3 feet apart by making a hole with a pole or iron stake, then drive 4/5 of the stake into the ground with two or more bud scars above ground level. Do not leave more sticking out of the ground, or it may cause the stake to dry out. Next, just press the soil around the stake, and it's done.

For Moss:

A: Moss will be able to grow on many surfaces. Soil conditions should be clay, or loam, but not with excess sand. Also, the soil should not be too alkaline, having more than 7.0 pH. You can just put the moss directly into the ground. You can even make a moss paste using a blender. If you are not planting into the soil, this method may work best for you by using 1 part buttermilk, 1 part water, and a handful of moss until it looks like a smoothie or milkshake, then painting it on the area with a brush.

For Vines:

A: choose your climbing surface that is best for your plant and proper sunlight requirements. These will differ, so base it on what your plant will like best. Dig a hole, plant and then cover with dirt and water it. Then weave the vine up the climbing structure, and secure loosely with a string that you can later cut away once it takes off.

For Water Plants:

A: Various types of water plants will need the correct amount of water that covers them. Some will be able to float on the surface of the water. Others may have roots planted in the soil. Some others may need to be planted a foot into the ground under the water; While some are only covered with a small amount of water. Aquatic plants will do best while the water temperature is still warm, like during spring through summer. It gives them the best chance at surviving the colder seasons because they would be established by that time. The rhizome should be at least partly free from the soil, which will make it easier to spread and reproduce. Deepwater plants should be placed in a container and submerged equal to the length of its stems. As the plant grows, you may transfer it to a larger container. You can use decorative rocks to cover the base of the plant, and this will be attractive, while also helping to keep the water cleaner. Marginal plants are those needing a small amount of water protection, may be placed in a mesh planting basket. It may then grow around the edge of the lake, pond, or another water source. The top of the basket should be only below the water surface. These plants need slow, or standing water. Full submersion plants can be placed in aquariums. The constant temperature will allow planting any time. Weigh down the roots with fish gravel, keep rhizomes free, and supply a light source.

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