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Fall-Planted Bulbs: Check to be sure all bulbs are in good shape. If any are mushy or soft, please contact us immediately. Plant your fall bulbs around the time of the first frosts, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. You can, if necessary, store bulbs for a month or longer if you keep them in a cool (room temperature), dry place. When in doubt, however, the bulbs belong in the ground. They won't last until next season.
Spring-Planted Bulbs: Check to be sure all bulbs are in good shape. If any are mushy or soft, please contact us immediately. Wait to plant the bulbs until all danger of frost has passed. In the meantime, store the bulbs at cool room temperature (60° to 65°F) in a dry, dark place.
Bareroot plants: Open the package and moisten the peat moss packing material if it’s dry, and then loosely rewrap the roots. Plant as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep the package in a cool place out of direct sun and protect from freezing.
Potted plants: Plants will arrive in one of three stages of growth depending on the plant and the time of year.
In the meantime, keep plants in a cool room where they get some sun through a window, protect them from freezing and keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Unless otherwise noted, most plants prefer moist but well-drained soil. Soggy soil can lead to rot. If your soil is wet consider planting in raised beds or in containers.
For full-sun plants, select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Part-sun plants grow best with a few hours of direct sun or dappled sun all day.
Loosen soil in the planting bed to a depth of at least 8" and remove any weeds, rocks or other debris. You can mix in compost, other organic matter or slow-release fertilizer at this time.
It may take weeks or even a month for new growth to emerge. How quickly a bulb or plant grows depends on a number of factors, including the type of plant, degree of dormancy and temperature of the soil.