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Aug 27, 2017 5:33 PM CST
|Have you ever ordered a plant only to have it arrive after you need to prepare the planting space and transplant companions? This is common in both spring and fall, ideal transplanting times for almost any plant, anywhere. Your space might be planters, window boxes, raised beds, or something else. If you’re like me, you won’t want to wait to transplant what you already have (they can become pot bound), but you’ll want to avoid disturbing their young roots when your ordered plant does arrive.
It’s not so bad when it’s in-ground preparation—when the plant arrives, you just dig your hole and plant it. But it can be a little awkward or frustrating in other situations. This is especially true when you’re planting other seedlings or transplants around the area you’re planning for your new plant.
Here’s an idea about how to reserve space for your yet-to-arrive plant. The example I’m giving is for window or deck-rail boxes, but it can be used anywhere.
Items needed include what you ordinarily would use, and one empty pot (the “reserver”) for each space you plan to reserve. It’s best to use one that’s just slightly larger than the soon-to-arrive plant's pot. Your order or receipt should state pot size.
1. Prepare the planter as you usually would.
2. Dig a hole the size of your “reserver,” but about an inch or so less deep. This will make it easy to grab and remove later.
3. Place the “reserver” pot inside that hole and push the soil up against the sides until appropriately firm.
4. Place other transplants or seeds in your planter as you usually would.
5. When your plant does arrive, simply lift the empty pot out of your planter and you’re ready to insert your new plant!
Added benefit: You can harden off your plants by placing them in the “reserver” during the day, and bringing them in at night!
Aug 27, 2017 9:05 PM CST
|I love this one Joanna! I had to do this myself this spring when I wanted to plant my coleus seeds, but my elephant ears bulbs had not yet arrived. It worked like a champ!
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Aug 28, 2017 9:57 AM CST
|I will be adding the term 'reserver' to my gardening vocabulary. Thanks for teaching me a new thing!
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Sep 5, 2017 4:04 PM CST
|I love this idea!!
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Name: Tia Doskocil
Sep 6, 2017 10:14 AM CST
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