"Fast to take off. I used it to fill in space in a flower bed and the first year it did more than I figured it would take 3 years to do. I planted it and mulched it, and then it was on it's own."
Sparky from Illinois
The beauty of buying your plants via mail order from a company like American Meadows (aside from the improved selection), is that our plants are primed to grow active roots. Professional horticulturalists care for your plants with special attention to root formation, up until two key moments intersect:
- Your plants are still small enough to be affordable. There's no need to continue growing them to a larger size, as extra soil, daily care, and increased shipping rates all lead to the higher prices that accompany plants in larger pots. Once you get them in the garden, they'll be off and running.
- Your garden soil is warm enough to support active root growth at transplant time. Your plants' roots will take their cues directly from the ground, so they are shipped direct to your door at a time that will inspire them to grow big and strong.
Most gardeners who experience the results of correctly-cared for mail order plants never go back to buying slow-to-grow, big box specials. It's too expensive and often leads to disappointment and frustration when the plants don't perform.
How Active Root Systems Work To Make Plants Grow
Root systems are actually made up of several types of roots that shoot out in different directions as they work to achieve various tasks, such as anchoring the plant into the soil and accessing nutrients. In a plant's young life, its ability to absorb nutrients is the most critical factor in determining how quickly it will grow big.
Root Hairs are solely responsible for absorbing soil nutrients. Healthy plants will have numerous root hairs.
Root hairs, who only live for a single day, grow on fibrous, tissue-based roots. By coaxing your young plant to produce as many fibrous roots as possible, you'll also be encouraging more root hairs to grow. Considering the short lifespan of a root hair and their role as the only nutrient absorber, this strategy is crucial to the overall health of your plant and its rate of growth!