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Tree and Flowering Shrub Planting Instructions and FAQ's

Tree and Flowering Shrub Planting Instructions and FAQ's

Tree and Flowering Shrub Planting Instructions

  • Before you plant, make sure to soak roots in warm (NOT HOT) water for 3-6 hours. Dig a hole, wider than seems necessary, so the roots can grow outward without crowding. Remove any grass within a 3-foot circular area. To aid root growth, turn soil in an area up to 3 feet in diameter.
  • When covering the roots make sure and softly pack the soil around the base for a firm stance. Do not add soil amendments such as peat or bark. Do not use fertilizer, potting soil, or chemicals on your new shrubs. If planting multiple plants and need a guideline for spacing just imagine what the plant will look like in 10 years and use your best judgment.
  • MAKE SURE TO WATER PLANTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER PLANTING. They will be in shock from the shipping process and will need plenty of water for a proper recovery. After they are established you can use a typical garden fertilizer to improve growth. (Typically 20-10-20)

Potted Plants

  • Dig a hole 2 to 3 times wider than the container. The hole should have sloping sides like a saucer to allow for proper root growth.
  • Carefully remove the shrub from the container keeping the soil around the roots intact.
  • Set the shrub in the middle of the hole. Avoid planting the shrub too deep. If the root collar sits below the top of the hole, compact some soil under the shrub so that the root flare at the base of the trunk is slightly above ground level. Using some soil, secure the shrub in a straight position, then fill and firmly pack the hole with the original soil, making sure there aren't any air pockets. Keep backfilling until the soil is just below the root collar.
  • Water thoroughly.


Keeping your shrubs watered is important during their first year. Keep the soil and mulch moist but not soggy. In dry weather, you should water generously every 7 to 10 days. The water should soak into the soil and mulch. Avoid watering so much that you see standing water.

Weed Control

Weeds compete with young shrubs for water and nutrients. A weed-free zone should be established at the base of the shrub that extends out to form a circle with a diameter of two to three feet. Mulch, herbicide or cultivation may be used to prevent weeds.

Frequently asked Questions

Can I grow these in my area?

To find out if a plant will grow in you area you need to Google your hardiness zone and check that with hardiness zone for the plant. You can also look at the USDA or the Department of Agriculture in your area.

What is a bare root plant?

It is in a dormant state and is shipped with no soil.

I see mold on my bare roots, will it be ok?

Yes it will be ok. Just wash it off in some warm (not hot) water.

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