Basic Planting Guides
We’re compiling videos, guides, information and support on this page to help people with basic planting and care of plants. Please feel free to contact us if you have resources you think we should add here.
There are many guides available online to support planting out new plants you haven’t worked with yet. We encourage you to search for your new plant along with ‘planting guide’ or ‘site conditions’ or ‘best practice’ to learn what they need for best success. There are also some good basic practices to consider:
1) When your package arrives, please consider it a very high priority to unpack the box, open the wrapping around your new friends, and get their roots into cool, clean water to rest, rehydrate and to wash sawdust from the roots to see whats happening.
- You don’t want to leave them in water for more than a day, so step 2 comes right on the heels of step 1!
2) Decide where in the garden you wish to plant out your new friends and dig generously large holes and loosen the soil around. Your re-hydrated plants can now be settled into their new position ready to grow. Good firming of soil around them, a nice initial deep watering, and ideally a loose, generous mulch applied around them, along with their identifying tag nearby and they should be ready to begin their life with you. If you want to amend the soil or add compost, great, but apply it as a mulch after planting, not directly in the hole you plant into.
- If you want a great, permanent marking for your new tree, shrub or herbaceous plant, consider watching This Video
- If you are not in a position to plant out your new plants right away, it’s OK to pot them up in large pots with nice potting mix and have them grow for a bit. Even a whole growing season. But know that the plants really are hoping to get into the soil as soon as you are ready to get them there. Few plants adore being in pots for extended periods, but it certainly is a reasonable stop gap.
https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/bare-root.cfm - Really nice guide for bare root tree planting
Here are some simple videos we’ve made that show how we plant out some of the plants we offer. They can give you a sense of the workflow we use and hopefully will show you that it isn’t something to feel a lot of stress or worry about. So long as you are learning a little about the specific site conditions your plants will hope for, tending to the plants needs as a priority when they arrive and being generous with water on the roots and protection with mulch after planting, your new plants will really just want to thrive on their own!
Basic intro to planting herbaceous perennials from a package of 'bare root' plants in the mail
Showing how we plant root sections of ‘Fuki’, which can also be applied to other running, root suckering herbaceous plants.