Planting Shrubs from Containers

If you have just bought a container-grown shrub, first water it well by plunging it in water for about an hour, then allow it to drain. 

Step 1: Match the Depth

Match the Depth

Match the Depth

For a new shrub, dig a planting hole that is as deep and twice as wide as the rootball of the shrub. Place the plant into the hole and lay a pole across the top to make sure that it is at the same depth as it was in its original container..

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig a planting hole that is as deep and twice as wide as the rootball of the shrub (here, a viburnum). Place the plant into the hole and lay a pole across the top to make sure that it is at the same depth as it was in its original container. Adjust the depth of the hole if necessary.

Step 2: Backfill Rootball

Backfill Rootball

Backfill Rootball

When planting a shrub, set it in a hole, then backfill around the rootball with your hands, firming the soil with your heel. Create a saucer-shaped depression within the soil surrounding the plant.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Set the shrub in the hole, and then backfill around the rootball with your hands, firming the soil with your heel. At the same time, create a slight saucer-shaped depression within the soil surrounding the plant—this will encourage water to collect naturally over the root area.

Step 3: Water Well

Water Well

Water Well

After planting a new shrub, prune lightly only if necessary. Cut out any stems that are dead or unhealthy. Water the plant well, then apply a mulch, making sure that it does not touch the stems.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prune lightly only if necessary: cut out any stems that are dead or unhealthy, and prune any that are growing toward the center of the plant back to a healthy, outward-facing bud or shoot. Water the plant well, and then apply a mulch, making sure that it does not touch the stems.

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