The Q&A Archives: need planting instructions for several types of plants

Question: I need to know planting instructions for hydrangea, bradford pear trees, and gardenias as well as a good time for planting in the climate in which I live.

Answer: Karen,

Each of those need to be placed in a hole dug just as deep as the root ball, not deeper. Plant at the same depth the shrub or tree was growing before. Check the root ball for circling roots and either cut them or unwind them and dig the hole to fit them.

Before digging the hole mix compost deeply into a large area around where the plant is to go. Then dig the hole and set in the plant. Firm soil around the root ball as you refill the hole. water it in well when the hole is half filled and again when you are done. Then keep the soil moist but not soggy.

You can plant container plants virtually year round if you provide proper care, but the best time is from fall to late winter.

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