BEFORE YOU PLANT

Water your plants thoroughly in their containers. Stage them in the planting area while they are still in their pots, taking into consideration their mature height and width as well as sun and shade exposure requirements.

PLANTING

For each plant, dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the container.

Mix the excavated soil half and half with Espoma Organic Garden Soil for Vegetables & Flowers. Fortified with worm castings, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, and shrimp meal, it is the perfect soil addition to enhance plant growth and root development.

Remove plants from their pots by inverting them while supporting the root ball.

Gently loosen any pot-bound roots using your fingers. For large, densely rooted, pot-bound perennials, it will be necessary to make several shallow cuts through the sides and bottom of the root ball. This will encourage new root development.

Place the plant in the hole at its original planting level and backfill with the amended soil mixture, gently firming the soil around the plant to eliminate air pockets.

When planting annuals or perennials in containers or hanging baskets, we recommend using Fafard Ultra Container Mix. This rich, lightweight blend contains Moisture Pro water holding crystals (which help maintain moisture), as well as extended-release fertilizer.

FINISHING UP

Water in your new planting. Focus watering efforts on the soil of your newly planted annual or perennial, not the foliage.

We recommend fertilizing your annual plantings with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food or Miracle Gro Bloom Booster Plant Food. For abundant and continual flowering annuals, its best to use these every 2-4 weeks.

Perennial plantings respond better to slower release fertilization. We recommend Espoma Plant-tone. Plant-tone is an all-natural-, all-purpose, premium granulated blend of plant food. Apply on a monthly basis.

Add a two inch layer of Hamptons Estate Natural Mulch or Hamptons Estate Black Mulch to the soil surrounding your planting to prevent water loss and keep weeds down. Keep mulch at least 2 inches away from stems or crowns of the plants to reduce the risk of disease and pest problems.

WATERING

Watering in annuals and perennials immediately after planting is the key to developing strong, healthy plants. Small plants and container gardens require more moisture than trees and shrubs. To determine water needs, check daily. Check twice daily if it’s hot and sunny.

For best results throughout the growing season, follow consistent watering practices. Allowing plants to dry out and wilt before watering is stressful to the plant and should be avoided.

Long, thorough watering is better than short bursts of watering and encourages strong root development and a healthier and robust plant.

DIAGNOSING PROBLEMS

As soon as you suspect a problem with your perennial or annual plant, please bring a sample of the problem, along with any photos of the perennial or annual to Heritage Farm and Garden for diagnosis and suggested remedies. We are happy to help with any concerns or problems you may have.

SOME OF THE PRODUCTS WE RECOMMEND FOR SUCCESSFULLY PLANTING ANNUALS & PERENNIALS

  • Espoma Organic Garden Soil for Vegetables & Flowers
  • Fafard Ultra Container Mix
  • Espoma Plant-tone
  • Miracle Gro Bloom Booster Flower Food
  • Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food
  • Hamptons Estate Natural & Black Mulch

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to answer any planting questions you may have.

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