Planting Guide - How to get the most out of your new purchase
First water the plants to be planted ensuring the root ball is thoroughly soaked. (1) We prefer to dig a square (squarish!) planting hole, it’s been proven that as the new plants roots develop in a square hole the roots are more likely to break out into the wider area rather than ‘spiralling’ round a circular hole. Make the planting hole 30% - 40% larger than the root ball.
(2) Break up the bottom of the hole with a fork to help the new roots penetrate and to aid drainage, only add grit if your soil is excessively heavy clay. (3) Mix some of your existing soil 50/50 with good planting compost. (4) Place the plant in the hole to check you have the correct depth – Ideally 1-2cm deeper than the soil level in the pot.
Add a thin layer of planting compost into the hole and remove pot. (5) We like to add some beneficial ‘Rootgrow’ fungi to the bottom of the planting hole all trees and plants rely on symbiotic fungi to maintain growth, adding some in granular form speeds up to the establishment and help promote healthy roots. (6) Place plant into planting hole. Back fill with soil/planting compost mixture firming in gently with the heal of your foot.
(7) We like to add a layer of organic fertilizer; I think it’s better to add it now as when it breaks down the nutrients will trickle down through the roots. (8) Finishing off with a mulch of the planting compost and (9) a generous watering in to settle the roots. Keep an eye on your newly planted ensuring that they remain moist but not waterlogged until they are established.