How to properly plant a plant
Out the pot and into the ground, simple as that, right? If you would
like your plants to thrive there are in fact several important aspects
to consider in perfecting the art of transplanting. New additions to the
garden can cost a couple of pennies too, so let’s make sure you get all the
bloom for your buck. Here is a guide on how to properly plant a new plant.
Reading planting instructions
The information provided on every pot or label at the
nursery contains essential information that helps you make an informed
decision on what to choose and where to plant. Each container and seed
- Sowing/growing season (when to plant it)
- Position (amount of sun/shade needed)
- Spacing (how far apart they need to be from the
- Watering guide (how often to water)
- Germination and flowering (how long seeds take
to germinate and when the plant flowers)
*Top tip: GCA Garden Centre attendants are both knowledgeable and
friendly. They are available to help you choose the best plants for your
environment. Ask them for help and they’ll show you which new lovelies
are best suited to your needs.
Planting in pots
If you have chosen to grow in a container, here are some simple ways to give your new plant the best head start in life. Remember to ask your garden centre advisor to assist you in choosing the correct potting mix and fertiliser for your plant. We would recommend Bio Ocean.
- Wash your homing pot before transplanting with a gentle
- Ensure there are sufficient drainage holes.
- Line your planter to keep it clean and help
protect plants against mineral deposits and disease. Ask your garden centre
advisor about which lining material would be best for your container and plant.
Remember to also make drainage holes in the lining.
- Add planter filler to the bottom of your pot. You
can use mulch, gravel, pebbles, or terracotta shards. This assists with
drainage and makes root pruning easier later.
- Add your potting soil purchased from your GCA
Garden Centre. Avoid using garden soil as it is often very heavy and can
include weed seeds, bugs, bacteria, and other unwanted materials.
- When inserting your new plant, remember to push it
out from the bottom and not pull it by the stem. This can damage the plant
and potentially break the steam.
- Water your new baby well and allow all excess water to drip
out. Remember to place the saucer underneath to avoid spillages.
- Read the instructions on the back of your Bio Ocean
bag and give your plant a little feed to help them settle in. We’ve converted
the usage instructions to handfuls on our website so check it out here.
- Add a layer of mulch around your plant. You can
use, straw, grass clippings, leaves, wood chips or bark shards. This helps in
retaining moisture, which is an essential part of successful container growing.
*Top tip: Avoid using filler materials such as cardboard or
newspaper that will decompose and rot. This can damage your plant’s roots and
add yuckies to the soil.
Planting in beds
You can successfully transplant new arrivals by following these steps.
Remember to check the planting instructions to ensure your location is
well-suited to the plant’s needs. Ask your garden centre advisor for suitable compost,
fertiliser, and mulch.
- Dig a hole that’s slightly larger than the container.
- Add compost to the hole and make sure the soil is nice and loose.
- Remove the plant from its container (remember to push up not pull).
- Inspect the roots: if they completely cover the soil, gently tease them apart. If they are concentrated too heavily at the bottom of the pot, loosen them thoroughly.
- Place your plant inside the prepared hole and add some more compost around it to tuck in your new baby well.
- Gently firm the soil around the plant with your hands.
- Water well after planting and add a little Bio Ocean.
- Add a layer of your chosen mulch to help with moisture retention, warmth, and weed growth.
*Remember: Although it may be summer now, frost will be back
in winter. Keep this in mind when choosing your location and plant. Is it
best to pot your plants and move them at night, or is it best to choose
frost-hardy bad boys? The last thing you want is to have all your efforts lost
to the black frost horseman, so be prepared now already!
Top pre-planting tips
Before heading off to your nursery, take some time to assess your
space and consider:
- Where you would ideally like to plant
- What you would like to plant in (beds, baskets, or
- How does the sun move over your space?
- How big is the area you have available?
- Are you growing to eat or decorate?
- How much time do you have to spend on garden
The answers to these questions will help you choose the best plants
for the job and make your mission to the garden centre more focused. There are
so many gorgeous greens and trees to choose from, which is why narrowing down
your criteria is very helpful.
Enjoy the journey with your new plants! Remember to check what feeding and watering regime is needed, and to keep an eye out for pests. Refresh mulch when necessary and top up your containers with new potting soil every season. When planting in beds, take note of surrounding trees that may cast shade or have large root systems that could interfere with your plant’s growth.
Source: Life is a Garden