Planting Outdoor Plants

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Planting outdoor plants involves digging a hole a little larger than the root base, breaking up compacted roots, placing the plant in the hole and filling the hole back up with more soil. Pack down the soil around the base of the new plant and give it a... View Video Transcript

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Elaine Hughes

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Now I'm going to show you how to plant a plant outside. This is a bed that I've been working on at the center for wildlife gardening for awhile now and so we are gradually adding plants to it. And I have a grass that I want to plant in. This is a plant I'm going to plant, it's a grass called a stiper, It's not looking it's best but that's because it's quite late in the season, but it will definitely come back for next year. So I've positioned my plant, I know where I want it to go which is the first thing you have to do and put it to one side and basically just bit dig a hole that's deeper and wider then the pot itself. Fortunately the soil here is quite loose but you might find yourself having to dig quite hard to get a hole that's big enough. Just propping the soil to one side cause I know I'm going to need to use it to back fill in once I've put the, planted the plant in the hole. If you are unsure about the size of your pot, just periodically dip it in just to see, actually that's fine that's about actually I've dug a hole that's a bit too deep there. So I'm just going to pop a bit more soil back in. Position your plant so you are happy with where it's going to go. I'm boldly happy with that. So then we just need to take the plant out of it's pot. In this case I'm going to grab firmly at the base, turn it upside down and give it a good knock. And then gently ease it out of the pot. If the roots are very congested it's a good idea just to tickle them out of the bottom. There's a lovely worm which we'll throw into the hole. Just to loosen the roots just to give them a good opportunity to settle in once the plant is in place. So position your plant. Make sure if you need to step back and just check that's it the right aspect that you want it to be at. And then just back fill with the soil that you dug out. Working all the way around the plant, you may have more soil because you are displacing it with the soil from the pot but basically you are generally find that you can spread it out around where the plant has gone in. Make sure it's settled in well, giving, press it in well so that the, hang on. Make sure the plant is settled in well by pressing down and firming it into place so that you don't have any air pockets, so that at the roots can establish themselves well. So I'm boldly happy with that. And once it's in,you just want to give it a good water. When you are watering just make sure that you sort of have a sense that the water is going right down to the bottom of the roots to the plant to encourage them to grow and to settle in. And that's how you plant a plant.