At Norfolk Quality Plants we proud ourselves on supplying a product you can be sure has been grown to an exceptional standard, which we intend to have a long garden life! As well as the superior product we have also produced this "how to" manual to guarantee that the product we supply will live a long, and happy life in your garden.
First things first!
Once you have unwrapped the plant (because who reads the manual first!) please check the plant immediately. It's very important that the plant is not damaged in a catastrophic manor on arrival as this will not bode well for planting!
In the event of a plant being damaged in a severe manor please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with as much information as possible and any photos you can provide as this will help us deal with your issue quickly.
Baring any problems your plant will have arrived safe and sound but before we chuck it into a pot or border we need to allow the plant to "take a breath" after its journey across the country. So put the kettle on and make a brew as like you, your new plant needs to put its feet up! Allow the plant to stand upright on a flat surface outside, to allow the plant some fresh air, a good hour should suffice. Water the plant thoroughly and allow the water to drain free. Lack of water, especially during the planting process is the biggest cause of new plants dying. Once your happy the plant is ready it's now time to get planting, and by following these simple steps it'll have a full and happy life in your garden.
"Please note, it is not recommended to plant into frozen (solid) or waterlogged soils. It is also advised to wet any extremely dry soil before planting, you're trying to provide the best start to your plants life, soil conditions are extremely important to your plants longevity"
Let's get Planting!
"Things you'll need"
Position, position, position! Now you've probably already given this some thought, and more than likely chosen the plant for that spot in the border or for that nice big pot on the patio. It's very important to get this right or your plant will struggle to thrive in the wrong position. With your plant you will find attached a label which the breeder will have noted the perfect requirements for your specific plant, such as sun requirements, soil type and after care maintenance.
Get your spade out! Once you've chosen the right spot it's time to dig that hole! The hole your digging should be at least twice as big as the pot your digging in to give your plant the space to grow into and slightly deeper to the pot its coming out off. Take the soil you've removed and put into your bucket, mix this with your organic matter to create a fertile soil mix. We will use this to back fill the hole later so make sure it's nice and fluffy.
The Pot! To remove the plant from its container simply place your right hand over the container top with the main plant stem between your middle and ring finger and spread your hand over the width of the pot top. Turn the plant on its side (angled slightly so the right hand bears the weight) and with your left hand give the pot a little "wiggly" or twist. The pot should slide off the root ball to reveal all the wonderful root structure.
The Hole! Chuck a couple of handfuls of your soil mixture into the bottom off the hole and spread it out to create a soft base. Place the plant into the hole and turn it until you are happy with its position as we feel some plants really do have a "front, and back". Back fill the hole with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firm the soil down until the plant is secure. Ideally the soil around the plant should still be quite loose, we're not after a concrete consistency. Take you watering can and water the planted area, pausing half way through to let the surface water drain away so not to wash away all that lovely organic matter.
Cover up the mess! After planting you'll be left with an unattractive sticky brown patch so with your top dressing such as mulch, chipped bark or more manure spread all around your planted area. Not only does this smarted up the area but also provides good weed prevention and moisture loss from the soil.
Having planted your new addition it may well come on leaps and bounds very quickly but it is important to maintain the moisture levels for your plant. Some plants require little attention but larger shrubs and trees will require watering for several weeks, in some cases months until established. Your plant is supplied in nutrient rich compost which should adequately provide your plant with enough feed until it begins to take nutrients and moisture from the surrounding soil. Additional feed is not required when planting and in some cases can have an adverse effect on plant health. If you are unsure please contact us at email@example.com regarding aftercare.
Any plants intended for large patio pots will have to be watered regularly if planted during warmer months. The nutrients within the supplied plant compost may start to perish after 12-18 months after planting so it is important to continue to feed as well as water your patio plants to maintain plant longevity. We would recommend a slow release granular fertilizer such as bone-meal rather than liquid fertilizer feeds.
For requirements specific to your purchased plant please refer to your attached plant breeders label.