Tips to ensure your ‘Dandy Plants’ gets off to a good start.
Plants in containers can be planted all year round provided the soil is workable and not too wet. Avoid planting in the extreme heat.
DIG THE HOLE
Dig the hole wider and a little deeper than the rootball of the plant. Loosen the soil at the bottom and sides of the hole to allow the roots to travel easily.
REMOVE THE CONTAINER
If the mix appears dry, water the tree before removing the container. Cut or tease out any matted or tangled roots. Ensure the plant is planted no deeper than it was in the container.
BACK FILL THE HOLE
Add some Nutricote slow release fertilizer to the rest of the soil and gradually fill the hole firming it down to exclude air spaces around the roots.
The balance of the soil can be used to create a ring around the base of the plant to avoid water running off. Water the plant well. This may need to be repeated once or twice a week if the weather is hot.
STAKE IF REQUIRED
The tree will need to be staked if it is in a windy position or if it is top heavy. Plant a stake either side of the tree leaving a gap of at least 300mm in between the tree and the stakes. If the stakes are too close, the tree can chaif against the stakes. Ties the tree with tree Webbing or plant ties so it is held firmly between the two stakes. Avoid using wire.
PRUNING (For fruit trees)
Prune back all branches by 1/3 after planting and remove any thin shoots.
Apply copper spray at leaf fall and bud movement. Apply insecticide if required.