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Planting

Once you receive your plants it is very important to unpack them immediately and moisten the soil or roots. You may do a quick dip in water but I DO NOT RECOMMEND soaking plants in water. This can kill or damage the roots of your plants. Next select an appropriated planting area for your plant. Remove your plant from its container (if their is one). Plants are easily slipped out of plastic pots or slowly peel away covering for plants in wax coated cardboard.  Dig a hole that is 2-4 times as wide as the container and just as deep. Place the plant in the hole and begin to back fill the hole. Make sure to distribute the soil evenly and not to leave any air pockets. The plant should be no deeper than it was in the pot or container. Once covered back up, firm up but don't stomp the soil around the hole. Then water the soil, make sure to give it a good soaking the first time. For plants that need 2 for pollination make sure to keep them within 15 feet (or closer) of each other if you want to have fruit set.

Fertilizing

You may also water to give it a light fertilizing with a water soluble, granular or organic fertilizer. Make sure to use caution and don't over fertilize as it may burn the plants. In general I do not recommend more than the first time fertilization past August 1st. This may cause a late season flush of growth that may be damaged by winter cold if it does not harden off in time. You may also use a fertilizer that is made to encourage root growth but not leaf growth. You should the fertilize again in spring.

Care

Make sure to keep the soil evenly moist until winter. This will help the roots to become established before winter. This is very important to the survival of your plant. You may want to mulch your plant in colder regions. Put a good cover of high quality mulch under your plant. But do not let it touch the base of your plant. This could cause disease problems. Make sure to provide protection from animals. Deer, rabbits, etc. often love to eat many types or ornamental plants. They could quickly annihilate your newly planted seedling. As the plant grows prune to the shape you want. Also, in general, I do not recommend keeping any hardy plant indoors for winter. It is difficult to do and unless you have a sub-tropical plant or you are experienced in over wintering hardy plants in a warm environment I do not recommend doing this. Almost all the plants I sell need a cool period during winter months. It can be seen as a rest period after the long growing season. If kept indoors the plants will not rest and more times than not they will run out of energy before spring arrives and dry up and die. If you can provide an area where it is cool (below 40 degrees) , dry, and well ventilated you might be able to over winter plants but there still may be some that will not make it. Properly planted and watered plants will survive winter much better outdoors than indoors.

 

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