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Annual Plants: What to Do When They Arrive
Annual plants and flowers offer gardeners a great way to add pops of color and fill in bare spots in the garden. They can be added to containers and patio gardens, too. These colorful performers grow for one season, as their name indicates.
Here are the steps to take once your shipment of annual flowers has arrived:
- Open your box and remove the plants immediately. Keep plants in their pots and water deeply. Set in a shady, sheltered outdoor location to let them acclimate.
- If planting in the garden, prepare your soil by adding compost. If planting in a container, fill with potting (not garden) soil.
- Gently remove the plant from the pot by holding the pot upside down and squeezing the sides.
- Dig a hole twice the size of the plant’s root ball. Plant, then refill and settle the soil firmly around the plant with your fingers.
- Tomatoes should be planted deeper, so that 3 to 5 inches of the stem is visable above the soil line.
- Water thoroughly and consistently throughout the season.
Specialty annual plants are available during the spring season.