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Planting Care for Trees Shrubs and Perennials

GardenPost plants are a small selected grade in the best physical condition for either planting out or potting on. Their size, or what is known as "root to shoot ratio", means they will suffer the minimum in transplanting shock to quickly settle down and keep on growing. Please take a moment to read some Gardenpost tips that will help you further maximise your plant growth to get the best in health performance with your plants from now on.

Planting out into the garden

1. Dig a hole at least twice the width and depth of the container.

2. To remove the plant from its container, tip upside down and, whilst supporting the plant with one hand, squeeze with the other hand or tap the container and slide it out.

3. Cut or trim a few millimetres off the base of the roots and tease out lateral roots so that they splay out horizontally.

4. Place a couple of our Grow Tabs or sprinkle some of our slow release fertiliser into and around the hole.

5. Place plant in the middle of the hole so that the top of the roots are level with the soil surface

6. Backfill the hole with friable good quality soil to just cover over roots to the stem base.

7. Soak well with water and maintain a regular watering programme through dry periods.

8. Keep immediate area around base of plants weed free and lightly mulch from time to time. Do not place mulch right up against the stem as this can cause rot or pest and disease problems.

9. Monitor regularly for pest and disease and treat accordingly.

Specific cultural instructions are detailed on the plant labels.

Potting on into Containers

1. Choose a container that is at least twice the size of the root mass or volume of the plant.

2. To remove the plant from its container, tip upside down and, whilst supporting the plant with one hand, squeeze with the other hand or tap the container and slide it out.

3. Cut or trim a few millimetres off the base of the roots and tease out lateral roots so that they splay out horizontally.

4. Partly fill the container with your potting mix and firm down. Place plant in container so that the roots are covered to just where the stem meets roots at the top. Firm around with fingers.

5. Water thoroughly and place plant out into shade for a few days before putting back into full sun.

Hedging

1. Use a string line to establish a straight line.

2. Remove weeds and dig a trench.

3. Lay out the hedging plant spaced at regular intervals apart. Spacing depends on variety; smaller hedges plant 3 per metre, buxus can be planted as close as 15cm. For larger varieties plant half the full-grown height measurement apart. ie If finished growing height is 2m plant 1m apart.

4. Refill around each plant firmly with free draining soil.

5. Apply slow release fertiliser or 2-3 Grow Tabs and mulch well.

6. Stake if necessary

7. Keep well watered and weeded for the 1st year.

8. Trim back by 1/3 after the first growing season- and then to shape on a regular basis. Trimming makes hedges denser, so if there is a gap in the foliage trim the closest stems and they will grow back bushier to fill the hole.

9. For larger hedges, trim sloping towards the top so that the sun can get to the base. This avoids gaping holes at the bottom.