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Successfully Transplanting Your New Plants

Thank you for buying your plants from us! We’ve been growing and gardening with perennial plants in our challenging high desert climate of Santa Fe, NM for decades. We have distilled the best techniques for successfully transplanting and growing the plants we sell.


IMPORTANT! Immediately remove plants from plastic and shipping bags and read the information below.


Remove plants from the shipping box. Remove the plastic shipping bags and water plants thoroughly, if dry. Your plants are well-rooted and ready to plant outside in your garden.

If you are unable to transplant them right away, place the plants outdoors in a spot receiving morning sun only; too much afternoon sun can dry out the plants. Check soil moisture daily, but water thoroughly only when needed. Keep the soil in the pot moist but not soggy. Plant no later than 7-10 days after you receive your plants.

We carefully pack your plants to arrive in excellent condition. However, even careful packaging can’t protect against damage as a result of rough, careless handling. Please report any damaged plants or problems to Customer Service at 1-800-925-9387 or via immediately.

At planting time, water the plants thoroughly with our recommended root stimulator combination of Saltwater Farm’s SeaCom-PGR and SuperThrive®. Apply one or two times until new growth begins to show. Dormant plants need less frequent watering than those in active growth; water only as the soil dries. Dormant perennials will begin to wake up and grow 2 to 8 weeks after planting depending on how quickly the soil warms up.


We carefully inspect these dormant plants before shipping to make sure their roots and crowns are healthy and ready to grow.

Most perennial plants go into a state of winter rest as a result of the cold temperatures and short daylight hours of winter. These sleeping plants lose their stems and leaves and are dormant, not dead! They re-grow from their roots with the arrival of warmer temperatures in spring.

Certain perennials wake up from dormancy much later in the spring than others. These include Ceratostigma (Hardy Plumbago), Echinacea (Coneflowers), Helianthus (Maximilian’s Sunflower), Asclepias (Milkweed, Butterfly Weed), Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ and ‘Zagreb’, Oenothera (Primrose), Perovskia (Russian Sage), Phemeranthus (Flame Flower), Zinnia, Salvia pitcheri, Liatris and woody shrubs.

A special note about successfully transplanting Zinnia grandiflora and Phemeranthus calycinum These plants won’t begin to grow until warm summer weather has arrived. The long thin string-like roots are brittle and do not like to be disturbed when transplanting, so don’t scratch out the root ball. When transplanting while it is still cold, water the plant thoroughly only once. Continued watering during cold weather will rot the roots. Don’t start to water regularly until the weather warms and the plants begin to grow.