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Planting Tips for Container and Balled and Burlap Plants
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  • First, you want to select a location site to plant based upon the growing requirements of the plants. Once you have your location site, dig a hole three times the size of root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is two to three inches above the soil level.

  • Now fill the hole with water and let drain; after the hole has drained repeat this test to see how well the soil drains. If your soil takes longer than 24 hours to drain, you will need to increase the drainage of the soil by mixing the backfill soil with coarse builder sand at one part sand to three parts native soil mixture (1:3 ratio).
  • How to Plant a Pecan Tree

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    How to Plant a Pecan Tree
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  • When it comes to planting pecan trees, you want to choose a place that is not underneath power lines or structures. Also, plant bare-root pecan trees while they are dormant, which is usually December through March, as this puts the least amount of stress upon the tree and allows proper root development before the spring. You want to make sure your pecan tree stays hydrated, especially before planting; if it looks dry, soak it in water for a few hours to rehydrate it.

  • Pecan trees are grafted tap-rooted trees, meaning your hole could be as deep as three feet and as wide as two feet. You want to plant the tap root below the soil level, leaving it two to three inches out of the ground level. You should be able to see where the tree was planted at the nursery, as there is a color change in the bark color: darker bark was in the ground and lighter bark was out of the ground.
  • How to Plant a Bare Root Plant

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    How to Plant A Bare Root Plant
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  • Make sure to keep your bare-root fruit tree or bare-root plant hydrated until the time that you are planning to plant. If you cannot plant the trees within a couple of days it is recommended is to heal the plants in moist soil, but do not put the plant in water. You want to plant your fruit tree in full sun or as close to full sun as you can, for the best possible results.

  • Dig the hole two times the diameter of the root system, and as deep as the plant was at the nursery. The trunk should have a mark indicating where this was and if your tree is a grafted variety make sure to keep the graft two to three inches above the ground level. No soil amendments are necessary but if you choose to amend the soil only use one part soil amendment to two parts native soil.
  • How to Plant Grape Vines

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    How to Plant A Grape Vine
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  • You want to pick your location site in as much full sun as possible. Grapes grow on vines and thus you will need a trellis or something for the vine to grow up and conceal. You want to plant each grapevine ten feet apart, so your post to the trellis can be 20 feet apart with a low guide wire at three foot high and the tall guide wire at five feet six inches.

  • You will want to plant the vines about eight feet apart and make rows between trellises about ten feet wide. Dig the hole two times the size of the root ball and the same depth it was grown in at the nursery, which will be evident on the trunk of the vine. Spread the roots out in the hole and backfill; do not amend the soil, and do not fertilize the plant or put fertilizer in the hole.
  • How to Plant Berry Plants

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    Blueberry Bush Planting Guide
  • For the best results, you want to select a site location that receives full sun for at least half the day and has a ph range of 4.5 to 5.2. Blueberries will grow and produce in shade, though the production will be slight less.
  • Raspberry Cane Planting Guide
  • Plant Raspberry plants in full sun in well-drained soils. If you are planting in a clay soil location, you will want to plant the raspberry can in a raised bed.
  • Blackberry Vine Planting Guide
  • You want to plant when the blackberry vines are dormant: late fall through early spring. Both varieties we offer are erect thorny blackberry plants. Dig a hole just wide enough for the roots to be spread out.
  • How to Plant Bamboo Plants

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    How to Plant a Bamboo Plant
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  • Growing bamboo is easy and requires little maintenance. You want to dig the hole twice the size of the root structure and backfill with the native soil; do not use any soil amendments whatsoever. Pack the soil and water heavily to remove air pockets; if settling occurs then add more soil.

  • You do not have to fertilize bamboo at all. The main thing you will need to do is make sure the plants are staying irrigated until they are established. Freshly planted bamboo needs to be watered one to times a week for the first three to six months. You want to give them one inch of water every seven to ten days, and mulching at a three inch depth will help reduce your watering needs.
  • How to Plant a Palm Tree

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    How to Plant a Palm Tree
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  • Needle palm trees grow in a wide variety of locations–sun or shade, wet or dry–and will adapt to just about anywhere you need to plant them. Dig a hole that is three times the size of the root structure of the palm tree, and backfill with the native soil from the hole. You want to water the needle palm for the first few months regularly until established, depending on rainfall. You do not want fertilize at planting; instead wait six months and use a palm-specific fertilizer, which can be obtained from a local hardware store.
  • How to Pot Container Plants for Indoors

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    How to Pot a Container Plant
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  • You want to select a container that has a good size, as all the potting plants we sell grow large. You want to make sure the container has a hole in the bottom to allow for drainage, and you will want to put a plate underneath the pot to catch water runoff. Put about two inches of gravel at the bottom of the hole for drainage, and use a good soil that will allow for drainage and retain nutrients (usually a good Miracle-Gro potting soil will do). You want to measure depth so that the top of the plant’s root structure is two inches from the top of the plant, which prevents overflowing and allows fertilization.

  • Use the finger-test when it comes to watering: stick your finger in the top two inches of the pot and, if the soil is dry to the touch, add some water;