When you buy a new plant, the care that goes with it can sometimes appear a complicated and daunting prospect but once you’ve understood the basics, nurturing your new addition is actually quite a simple and exciting task.

How To Plant A New Plant

Child planting with Adult

To ensure you get the most out of your new purchase, Hillier have put together an easy-to-follow guide for planting your new shrub.

  1. Check your soil – what type of soil do you have? If you understand your soil, it will become easier to choose the perfect plant for your space and ultimately give it the best chance of prominent growth.
  2. Choose a plant that is right for the area you wish to plant in. If you require guidance, Hillier Plants for Purpose give you the opportunity to explore plants based upon your soil type and location and the Hillier Experts are always on hand to help with any questions.
  3. Purchase a plant that you love!
  4. Make sure your plant is well watered by soaking the base of your plant in a bucket of water for around half an hour before planting.
  5. Dig a hole that is double the size of the base of your plant.
  6. Position the root ball in the hole, making sure it is steady and stands well. Use rootgrow (mycorrhizal) to help the roots establish and grow and compact the soil around.

Hillier top tips:

The sooner you plant your new feature, the more likely your plant will grow well!

Avoid planting when it’s frosty as this could shock them, shutting their systems down and losing the ability to transport water or soak up the nutrients it needs.

How Often Do You Water New Plants Outside?

Water is vital for a plant’s survival and essential for even distribution of minerals, food and nutrition from the soil around to help them to grow to their best. There are a few general rules you can follow when watering your plants:

  • Assess your plants needs based upon the weather. If you are experiencing heavy rainfall, your plant won’t need to be watered. If you are experiencing hot, dry weather, your plant may need a little bit more water than usual.
  • After the first year, you shouldn’t need to water your plants as they should naturally receive the water they need from the rain. If there haven’t been any rainy periods you may want to give it a little helping hand with a sprinkling of water.
  • It is best to provide your plant with more water less frequently than it is to water them regularly with little water. The aim here is to ensure your plant is well rooted – if you water little and often, the plant roots will not need to hunt for water, therefore not expanding or growing into the soil. If you water more but less frequent, the plant roots must search for the water and will ultimately expand, becoming more secure in its positioning.

Hillier top tip: A good way to tell if your plants need a water is if you notice a change in colour or wilting on the tips of the plants.

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