Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
1. Dig your planting hole the same depth as your pot and twice as wide as your pot. Give your new plant a soak in a bucket of water if it is at all dry.
2. The way you prepare the plant depends on what you find inside the pot. We'll go over that, below, with photos. Our goal is to encourage the plant to extend its roots into your garden soil as soon as possible. This is because the potting mix it is currently growing in was designed to drain water very rapidly so that it could survive living in a plastic pot. After planting, the water drains even more rapidly out of that potting mix into your garden soil and your new plants could be in a tiny desert until they are able to reach that garden soil. Below, you'll see how we recommend planting based on the condition of your new plant's roots.
Newly potted -
This plant has not grown into it's pot thoroughly yet. Much of the potting mix has still not been reached, let alone held together by roots. You have two options - Option 1. Set aside the loose potting mix and pot the plant with it's small root ball. This plant will need careful attention to how much water is in the potting mix. The best way to check how much moisture your plant has is to feel an inch or two down in the soil with a finger which would ideally be done at least once a week for the first couple of months. If it's dry an inch down, water right away. Option 2. Carefully repot the plant and keep it somewhere easy to watch over while it grows a bit more. In Western Oregon, it's best for plants to be planted well before hot weather comes though, so this time of year, you might wait for fall if you're going to wait at all.
Just right -
Badly pot bound -