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Planting Instructions

Planting your new seedlings

  • Now that you have picked them up, it is important to plant your new seedlings immediately. 
  • Plant at the same depth as they have been growing, not deeper. 
  •  A light layer of mulch is recommended if these are going into a bed, to help keep the soil more evenly moist, but given how small they are, I recommend placing the mulch and then planting, since these can easily be accidently buried when mulching. 
  • Water well at planting time and be sure to check them every day for the next couple of weeks. 
  • They will need water on most days that it doesn’t rain until they start to become established, but be sure to check the actual soil to make sure that they aren’t being waterlogged from overwatering. 
  • Once you see new leaf growth, watering can start to be a bit less frequent, but be careful to not let them dry out. 
  •  Tucking these into pots on a deck or patio, or along the edges of a vegetable garden bed, for the summer and moving them to their permanent location in the fall could work well if you aren’t confident that you’ll be able to check them regularly in a perennial or meadow garden setting through the summer. 
  • If you are growing these in pots for the summer, a 50/50 blend of potting soil and compost would be my recommendation for a growing medium. 
  • Once established in their permanent home, they will be fine without much additional care. I recommend chop and drop mulching (cutting up stems and leaves that are still standing in the spring and leaving the resulting mulch right in the garden) and watering during very dry spells. Otherwise, these are all plants that do pretty well without a lot of human assistance once they are established.