All About the Root Ball
Depending on where you live in the United States, it could take anywhere between 1 to 5 days to get to you. For example, if you live on the East Coast it will usually take about 1 to 3 days for you to receive your order. If you live in the Midwest, it takes about 3 to 4 days for you to receive your plants.
Lastly, if you live on the West Coast it will take about 5 days for you to receive your order! Once you receive your plants, take them out of the box immediately. Because the plants are delivered to you in boxes, the plants may lose a few leaves, flowers, or fruit while being shipped. That is perfectly normal because the plant was protecting itself from the dark. I always suggest that plarents water the plant inside of the pot that it was shipped in before putting it into the ground. That way, you won’t over water your plants or under water them.
Next, you will want to dig a hole about twice the size of the container it came. This will help the plant adjust to its new home and grow nice and strong roots. As discussed in week one, make sure that your plant is planted in an area that gets the right amount of sun daily. If you’re not sure how much sun your plant needs, feel free to search for your plant on our site and it will let you know the maximum hours of sun that it needs. If you can’t find it, feel free to give our customer service department a call. They would be happy to help.
After you dig your hole, place the root ball in the center. Make sure to use our Organic Planting Mix to get those roots stimulated and help them grow faster. Fill in space around the root ball until it is completely filled. Please make sure that the root ball is even on both sides. Sometimes, new planters try to plant too fast and end up with more soil on one side than another. Pat the soil as you put it into the hole to make sure that it all is even. The great thing about our planting mix is that there is already fertilizer inside of it. Therefore, you can skip applying the fertilizer! Yay!
What Happens Now?
Now that your plants are finally in your yard it’s starting to look amazing. However, this isn’t just a plant and go kind of deal. It’s important that you continue to take care of your plant baby while they’re getting established in the ground. Depending on what kind of plants you have they may require more water than others. For instance, plants that are drought tolerant do not require much water as they mature, but you will need to water them at least once or twice a week. If you’re not sure how much water your plant needs to help it grow nice and strong, give us a call. Our horticulturalists would be happy to assist you! If you missed last weeks edition of Plarenting 101 check it out now!