Planting, Selecting and Care
hardiness zones indicate cold hardiness and are less than exact.
recommendations for sun and shade planting are included to help you choose plants for your specific location.. Heat, rainfall and other climactic changes can affect young plants.
Don't have you plants arrive when your away on vacation or a business trip unless you have someone to check on your plants.
For flats surrounded by nets, cut nets away from top,
do not cut netting from the end pull out plants
doing so may tear off foliage and or buds.
Open cartons immediately and apply water if dry. Before planting, soak roots/plants in a with water with a limited (small amount, a pinch in a 3-5 gallon bucket) of soluble fertilizer added. This practice pays off in getting the plants established more rapidly. If you are unable to transplant the roots immediately, store plants in a cool or shaded area. Checking soil moisture at least once a day. Complete all transplanting as soon as possible
Ground preparation -
Till the top 12" (varies depending on both which plant and soil type) of the area where plants are to be grown. The best way to improve soil is to add organic matter such as peat, leaf/grass compost or composted livestock manure at a rate of 25% by volume into the planting area.
plants at the same depth as the soil level as the soil level in the pots
When watering your planted perennial/groundcovers avoid constant saturation of the soil. Allow the soil to dry slightly is a good general rule. Water to the depth of the root zone, check this by pushing a stick or pencil into the soil next to the plant, sufficient water is applied when it goes in easily.
Incorporate a complete fertilizer like 10-10-10 into the soil at the time of planting,
you may continue with monthly feeding upon until 4 months before last frost ...continued applications of fertilizer may stimulate new growth too late into the fall, resulting in winter kill. with the exception of annuals which can be feed until Frost.
On center Spacing of plants chart
General Spacing Recommendations for most groundcovers:
Bare Root 4-8"
2 1/4" Pot 8-12"
3.5" pot 12-18"