Planting Instructions For Mail-Order Plants

Planting Instructions:

Remove plant(s) from box upon arrival. Use your finger to check for moisture inside the shrink wrap or container. If it feels dry add a little water through the hole where the plant meets the wrapping. It is best not to unwrap the plant(s) until the holes are dug. For best results, plant as soon as possible. Do not soak the root balls in water or expose to the air for long periods of time.

Dig your hole two to three times wider than the root ball. If your soil is sandy, use peat moss 50/50 with the soil from the hole. If your soil is clay, use fine pine bark. Carefully unwrap shrink wrap and remove newspaper. Place the root ball in the hole. Add enough soil so the plant is slightly above the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with the amended soil mix. Tamp lightly to remove excess air pockets.
Planting Instructions For Mail Order Plants

Planting Instructions For Mail Order Plants

Water the plant(s) in very well. Turn on the hose with a low volume of water and place at base of plant. Let it run until the area is well saturated. It is best to allow your plants to become slightly dry before repeating this process. We have seen far more plants drowned than we have seen die of thirst. Mulch plants well with pine bark, pinestraw, hardwood mulch, or whatever is used in your area. Be careful not to put excessive mulch on the stems of the plant. This is an invitation for pest and disease to attack the plant.

When planting in late summer or early fall do not fertilize. A late season flush can be damaged badly by early frost. A light fertilization after your area has received a hard freeze will give your plants an early jump on spring. Your spring fertilization should occur about 2 weeks before your area’s last frost date. If plants are received after your area’s last frost date, fertilize at the time of planting. A slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote is what is recommend.

Spring / Summer Planting Tips:

Plants may lose some leaves during shipment or experience some wilt but will recover quickly once planted. Planting should occur in the evening rather than in the morning or mid-day to allow for a more temperate recovery. A light tip-pruning will help to stimulate root growth when planting in the heat of the summer.