How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Woody Plants: Evergreens
We ship nicely established, containerized, 2- to 3-year-old plants. Please see individual listing for container size. Plants are shipped throughout he growing season, from March through November, weather permitting.
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Ideal Conditions and Planting Tips
In areas with mild winters, planting and transplanting can be accomplished in the fall or spring, but in colder northern climates, fall planting should be completed by September to enable some root growth before winter. Select a site with a deep, well-drained, moisture-retentive soil with a good organic level. Both organic matter and fertilizer can be easily incorporated into existing soils if required. Ensure plenty of water is applied after planting. Newly planted evergreens are especially sensitive to dry spring conditions. Mulching after planting will aid moisture retention. In harsher climates select a sheltered site to offer protection from strong and drying winter winds.
Staking young plants may be advantageous in more open locations.
Pruning of many evergreens is mainly of a formative nature, and should be done from late winter through spring. Add a top dressing of a balanced fertilizer after pruning.
In northern areas especially, broad-leaved evergreens benefit from some form of winter protection for 1 or 2 years after planting. Windscreens of burlap or straw mats are ideal, but should be removed once winter has passed. Evergreens are especially vulnerable to snow and ice damage. Snow should be gently brushed off of the plants as soon as possible, before it freezes and hardens.