Planting and Care Instructions for Native Plants

Planting:

  • Plants should be watered to have a moist root ball

  • Dig planting hole only to accommodate root ball, place loose soil close by

  • Adjust hole depth to have top of root ball match adjacent ground

  • Un pot and insert plant

  • note plastic pots are tapered, making it easy to un pot

  • tip upside down with spread fingers around the plant to hold root ball

  • tap the pot rim upward

  • No soil amendments or fertilizers

  • Backfill with soil dug out, press with thumbs to compact, exclude air

  • Form a basin around the plant to hold water and aid in irrigation

  • Water to soak and flood the basin

  • Add mulch around plant to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, keep mulch clear of plant trunk/stem

Care:

  • Establishment - Water deeply and only when root ball at top 2” is dry (once or twice per week, less frequent in winter with cool temps and rain)

  • Continue through establishment period until next summer

  • Add no fertilizers or pesticides

  • Maintenance after Establishment Period

  • Less is usually better

  • Most drought tolerant native plants do not need watering in summer

  • Water only to keep hydrated in summer

  • Weed and add mulch as needed

  • Leave dead flowers with seed for birds, some cutting back can encourage more flowers

  • Cut back dead vegetation and prune to maintain compact size in fall

NOTES:

  • Milkweed goes dormant in winter, mark locations with stakes or flags, wait for re growth in spring. It may help to grow Milkweed in groups with plants spaced 18” - 24”. It will take about two growing seasons for plants to be large enough to attract Monarch butterflies.

  • Purple Sage plants are lightly rooted. It may be best to hold up planting in your garden for about 1 month.

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