Planting and care instructions
Prior to planting ensure the root ball is well watered, preferably by standing the pot in water for 30 minutes.
If planting into the ground make sure the hole is more than wide enough to comfortably fit the plant's root-ball, adding either organic matter or grit (for drainage) depending on soil type. Carefully remove the plant from its plastic pot and place in the hole. Return the soil and gently firm to remove any air pockets and then water well. Using an organic fertiliser or alternatively a mycorrhizal fungus at this stage will aid plant establishment. Make sure to plant at the same depth as in the pot. The exception to this would be Clematis which need to be planted 5cm deeper than they are in the pot to encourage growth below the surface.
After planting it is important not to allow the plant to dry out; especially until it has become well established. It is always better to apply a good quantity of water when needed rather than frequent small amounts which would only serve to encourage root growth too near to the surface of the soil. If planting into pots it is even more important not to allow them to dry out, but adequate drainage must be provided to avoid waterlogging in winter. We would recommend using a good quality compost such as John Innes No.3 which will provide stability and nutrients over a longer period.
The label attached to the plant’s pot will provide specific details about any particular soil requirement and the most suitable location.
More in-depth advice about planting and pruning plants can be found within the advice section of our website.