General Planting Information

The links to the right offer information and answers to frequently asked questions about how to grow your new plants. There is information about cultivation, planting, soil preparation, and general plant habits. We hope this information will help you in planning and planting your garden both successfully and beautifully.

For best results and easier garden care, select plants recommended for your hardiness zone, sun or shade exposure, and soil type.

Good soil preparation is very important to the life of your plants. Ideal soil for most plants should be friable (loose, crumbly, and easy to work), include organic matter, and drain well. If you are not sure what type of soil you have, contact your nearest University Extension Service for information on the types of soil found in your area. Extension services also offer soil testing for more specific information.

Gardening books are also a good resource for information about plants with more specific needs and ongoing care of plants. The home gardener must remember to water, fertilize, and occasionally spray against insects and diseases.

Please look through these pages for answers to your cultural questions before you call us for help. Many times your concerns can be answered by reading these tips.

Planting in Containers
How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Plants in Containers

Choose a plant that is adaptable to a container. Generally most plants with a moderate to small root system will grow in a pot.

Select a container that corresponds to the size and quantity of plants you have chosen. Use a quality potting mix in a pot with holes to ensure good drainage. Fertilize and water carefully as needed, since containers create a smaller root zone for plants.

In areas with cold winters, consider a plant's hardiness. Some plants will need to be moved to an enclosed area for winter, such as a garage or cold frame, and given minimal water. Some plants will survive in a sturdy planter in a sheltered location, especially if they are rated for a zone or two hardier than the zone where they are being grown. For example, if you are in a zone 5, it is suggested to select plants hardy to zone 4 or colder.

Another option is to enjoy your plants for a season in a container and then approximately 6 weeks before the ground freezes remove them from the pots, plant them in the garden and mulch around their root zones. Look for additional information specifically for your hardiness zone from your nearest arboretum, public gardens, or university extension services.

Planting Information

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