How to Plant First Editions®

If you’re buzzing to get back into the garden but want to brush up on some planting tips and tricks, then you’ve come to the right place. Before you start planting your new shrubs and trees, it’s important to understand their needs. We recommend taking a close look at the plant tag, which has important information that can help you follow the right steps to be successful in the garden.

Here’s a breakdown of what to look for on the plant tag:

  • Sun: Does your plant prefer full sun, partial shade, or all shade? Planting your plant in the wrong spot can stunt its growth, so make sure you choose a location that matches its sun requirements.
  • Size: The plant tag will tell you how big your plant will be at maturity, so you can plant it with enough space to grow. You want to make sure you’re giving your shrub ample room to grow without having to transplant it down the road. When planting, consider the mature size of the plant and give it enough space to breathe. This will also help prevent disease and crowding.

Once you’ve gotten to know what your new plant bestie needs, you can start prepping the soil for planting! Most shrubs prefer well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. Amending your soil with compost is a great way to improve drainage and provide nutrients for your plants. If you’re working with sandy or clay soil, adding compost is especially important. Head to our blog on understanding soil to learn more.

Now let’s get planting!

Step 1: Dig a hole: Dig a hole that’s about as deep as the pot the plant came in, and slightly wider.

Step 2: Position the plant: Make sure the top of the shrub sits level with the surrounding soil. If the roots are tangled, gently loosen them with your fingers or a tool.

Step 3: Backfill the hole: Fill the hole back in with the amended soil you prepared earlier. Pack the soil gently with your foot and create a small well around the plant.

Step 4: Water thoroughly: Soak the plant thoroughly with water. Let the water soak in and then water again. Check out our blog on watering to learn more.

Pro tip: Most plants come with fertilizer already in the mix, so you shouldn’t need to add any more fertilizer at planting time.

And that’s it! By following these simple steps, you can give your new shrubs and trees the best start possible. And that’s all it takes to turn your space into a plant paradise! Happy planting, friends!

You can shop the First Editions® collection online during our shipping season and use our Find a Retailer tool to locate First Editions® shrubs at garden centers near you. Remember to tag us on social @firsteditionsshrubstrees if you plant one of these shrubs and sign up for our newsletter for monthly inspiration, tips, and more delivered right to your inbox.