Most perennials and annuals like a well-drained soil rich with organic matter. Soil for most perennials and annuals should be amended with 3 to 4 inches of Black Forest® premium organic compost, or Bumper Crop® organic soil builder, blended to a depth of 8 to 12 inches.
Once the soil has been prepared, place your plants around the planting area while still in their pots. Make sure you have taken into consideration the mature height of the plant as well as sun or shade requirements. Determine an approximate location for the planting then dig a hole in the amended soil wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the plant. Water the plants thoroughly, and then remove them from their pots by inverting them and supporting the root ball.
If the roots have grown out or compacted against the pot or container, ‘feather’ the roots out by using your fingers to gently pull the surface roots away from the root ball. This will encourage new roots to grow away from the root ball and out into the new soil. If the roots are extremely compacted, you may need to make a few shallow cuts through the roots on the sides and bottom of the root ball.
Place your plant into the hole, then backfill to ground level. Water the plant thoroughly to ensure the soil fills in completely around the roots, eliminating large air pockets. Pour a transplanting solution containing Root Master® over the root ball. This will help the newly planted annual or perennial to grow new roots.
Monitor your annuals and perennials daily, watering as needed. Water slowly to attain deep-water penetration, which encourages widespread root development. Feed annuals weekly or bi-weekly with Bud & Bloom® fertilizer. Feed perennials bi-weekly with Bud & Bloom® fertilizer.
Add a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch around the plant to help retain soil moisture. Avoid overly deep mulch up against the trunk or stems of the plant as this can promote disease or pest injury.