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Planting Tips

MILL FARM PLANTS - A guide to storage and planting

Storage of plants

Your plants are generally supplied bare-rooted during the winter months and therefore in a dormant state. They should still be planted as soon as possible, but until then, they can be stored in the correct conditions as follows.

When you receive your plants, remove them from the bag and stand or lie the plants down in an enclosed building, out of the wind and spray the roots with water. Ensure that the plants remain damp until they are planted. Do not stand them in water, but rather cover with either a sheet or straw to retain the moisture around the roots. In such conditions the plants can be stored for up to two weeks.

If longer periods of storage are required the plants should be 'heeled in' by opening the bundles and standing them upright in a trench and surrounding the roots with loose soil.

In this manner the plants can be stored for longer periods.

Planting Advice

Using a small sharp spade open the ground. Lay the roots in the soil and plant at a similar depth to the original soil line on the stem. Firm the soil gently back around the roots ensuring that all root hairs are covered.

It is advisable to use spiral guards and canes when planting as the plant is protected and held upright during early stages. The spiral guard is coiled around the plant, the cane pushed firmly into the soil inside the guard. Mulch around the base of the plants with organic matter, if possible, to aid moisture retention.

The use of Rootgrow granules on bare root plants aids growth. Also the addition of Bonemeal into the soil is beneficial. If the soil is generally poor, organic matter or compost should be incorporated with the existing soil to help establishment.

Weed growth must be controlled around the planted area to reduce the competition for available moisture. During the first summer the plants may require watering during dry spells. Therefore the installation of a leaky hose along the hedge line may increase growth rate and aid survival. In the second season the weeds can be controlled using knapsack sprayer or granular herbicide.