How to plant the correct way every time

Alright gardeners, time to be honest; how many of us really follow all of the planting directions on each and every plant? Perhaps we’re in hurry or just too lazy to do it properly, regardless these plants usually end up in a shallow hole with some dirt kicked around it.

Considering how carelessly some people do their planting it’s no wonder that so many plants never survive the first season. Planting correctly can make all of the difference in whether the plant lives or dies.

While a lot of rooted plants will involve similar planting techniques on the surface, there are subtle differences that can play a big role in the survivability of the plant. You should always pay attention to the packaging of a plant as it is a clue on how to plant it properly.

Let’s take a look at how to plant correctly.

Bare-root plants

Bare-root plants are popular because they allow gardeners to inspect the root system before burying it in the ground. These plants are lightweight but they should always be planted before springtime bud break.

  • Make sure to keep the roots wet and moist, although the plant is dormant it still requires water to survive.
  • If the plants roots are dry then place it in a bucket of water for a few hours prior to planting so they can be rehydrated.
  • Cut off damaged or turned inward roots prior to burying them in the soil.
  • Make sure the hole is dug deep and wide enough to allow the roots full freedom to expand.


Container plants

Container plants are always popular especially with new gardeners. They are grown above ground level in pots with artificial soil, making them easier to control.

  • Make sure you always remove the plant from the container, don’t bury them together even if the container is bio-degradable.
  • Tease the root system out a little bit in order to promote its long-term growth.
  • Cut out all of the thicker roots to prevent girdling.
  • Dig the planting hole to be 2 or 3 times wider than the original container so that roots have free space to grow.


Balled-and-burlapped plants

Large shrubs and trees are most commonly seen packaged in this style. They are harvested with soil surrounding the roots in a burlap sack.

  • Like the other plants, dig a wide and deep hole so that the roots have plenty of space to expand.
  • Halfway backfilling with water will reduce pockets of air and keep the plan stable while you carry out successive steps.
  • Remove all of the wire and twine around the plant.
  • Finish the backfilling.
  • Allow water to settle round the roots.