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Tips for Successfully Planting Your Spring Perennials

By David Salman

With spring right in our midst, that itch to dig in the garden and start planting runs strong. Following are a few pointers to ensure success when it comes to planting your new plants.

Hydrate Your Plants

Check to see if the plant's soil is moist. If it is a bit dry, set the plants in a tray and water thoroughly. Allow any excess water to drain off.

Acclimate Your Plants

Keep plants in the shade for a few days before planting. Place in the sun for a brief period the first day and a bit longer on subsequent days. If you're not going to plant outside for several weeks or more, check the plant's roots to see if they are filling the pot. If they are, it might be a good idea to plant it temporarily in a pot one size larger. If planting in a larger pot make sure to use a good quality potting soil.

Digging The Hole

Plants need plenty of room to spread their roots. When digging the hole make it several times wider than the root ball, but no deeper than the existing soil level.

Amend The Soil

Use Soil Mender Mineral Boost Fertilizer to add trace minerals to the soil and improve the soil texture with the addition of good quality compost such as Soil Mender compost. Also add Yum Yum Mix to feed the soil around the plant.

Planting Into The Soil

Remove the plant from the pot and gently tease out any tangled roots. Place plant in a hole at the same level as it was in the pot. Fill the hole with amended soil and firm into place; water thoroughly.

Avoiding Transplant Shock

To help plants establish their roots quicker, use Superthrive plant growth stimulator in combination with Saltwater Farms Sea Com-PGR. This also prevents transplant shock. Add the Superthrive plant growth stimulator and Saltwater Farms Sea Com-PGR to water when planting. For additional planting tips, see our Planting Guides at


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