Perennials are beautiful, hardy plants that come back year after year. Some of the gardener’s most beloved plants — like hostas, clematis, and peonies — are perennial. They require less care than annuals do and can even help to prevent soil erosion with their deep, extensive root systems.
Plant your perennials as soon as possible after bringing them home from the nursery. Choose a cooler, slightly overcast day to help reduce heat stress and wilting.
Dig holes deep enough to allow you to bury the roots 2 cm (1/2 inch) below the surface.
Use a good quality transplant fertilize, such as Plant-Prod® Starter Fertilizer 10-52-10, at the time of planting and before you put the plants into the hole. After a few weeks switch to a plant specific formulation that will help promote lots of good top growth or blooms.
Place the perennial in the hole and fill with a half n’ half blend of fresh topsoil and existing garden soil. Press down gently.
Water well and keep the soil moist (but not water-logged) for a few days to help the plant settle into the soil.
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