One of the number one killers of flowers, trees and shrubs is improper planting technique. It’s unfortunate as the plant never has an opportunity to thrive, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. A few standard techniques should help your new addition off to a strong start.
- Prepare the plot. Amend the soil by using a good transplant fertilizer high in potash when planting. Potash is the last number in the 3 number Nitrogen / Phosphorous / Potassium analysis on any fertilizer available for sale and is responsible for what happens below the ground for a plant. Especially useful when planting bulbs and tubers, providing roots the needed support to survive the shock of transplant. The ground should be tilled, soft and ready for your new addition.
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the plant pot and a little deeper. Set the plant in the hole to check that it will be at about the same depth when planted as it was in its original pot.
- Remove the plant from the container by placing your hand on the top of the pot and inverting it. If the plant does not slide out right away, rap the bottom to dislodge it. If the plant has become root bound it may be necessary to cut the pot down the side with a box cutter and peeled away. Never pull a plant out by pulling its leaves or stems.
- Water well. Make sure the plant has at least an inch of water per week (from rain or from you) apply an organic mulch of compost or well-rotted manure to help seal in the moisture.