Tips For When Your New Perennials & Bulbs Arrive
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Potted plants will arrive in varying stages of growth, depending on the plant and the time of year.
Healthy bulbs are firm without any soft or mushy spots. Some surface mold is natural and won’t affect growth.
Bareroot plants may look a bit lifeless, but there will be no transplant shock, so they grow vigorously once in the ground.
Planting Potted Perennials
- First, arrange your potted plants where you intend to grow them. Be sure to space them out with enough room for them to reach their mature size. This may seem like a lot of space now, but as they grow, they will fill out. Trust us.
- Dig a hole as deep and a little wider than the pot. Most perennials should be planted at the same depth as they are in their containers. It's okay to give them a little extra wiggle room.
- Carefully remove the plant from its pot by holding one hand over the soil and tapping the bottom of the pot. Squeezing the pot can help loosen the root ball from the pot. Don't pull on the plant or you may damage the stem. Rough the roots a little to encourage their spread.
- Place the root ball into the planting hole, double-checking to be sure that the top of the root ball is even with the soil surface. Then backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it as you go.
- Water thoroughly after planting, and continue to water at least every two weeks, depending on rainfall.