Congratulations, your plants have arrived! Now, time for the fun part - make them a home! Remove plant from recycled paper wrapping and lift the plantable eco-pot from the bottom, or with two hands. Place your plant in the shade and offer it water as it transitions from the shipping box. It can stay in its plantable eco-pot for up to one month.
First things first. Before planting - hopefully you’ve put some thought into your garden needs and garden design. If not, here's the basics:
Primary plant considerations include amount of water, light, temperature, soil type, and spacing between plants. Reference the plant card that came in your box, or the corresponding plant page on our website, to understand the needs of the species you purchased. Find a place in your yard that meets those needs, or make modifications to make your plant feel at home. Lastly, it’s nice to bring plants together that enjoy one another’s company - so consider how they might co-evolve over time!
Plant this pot! It fertilizes your plant and leaves roots undisturbed! Once you know where your plant is going, dig a hole 1.5 times the width of the plantable eco-pot, and just a little shallower than the height. Pack down the dirt firmly at the bottom of the hole (to prevent settling, which can lead to crown rot).
Place entire plantable eco-pot in the hole. Test the depth. The soil line of the surrounding garden soil should be the same level as the soil line within the eco-pot. The edges of the eco-pot should rise slightly above.
Fill in Your Hole
Pack soil firmly around the eco-pot to the height of the soil line in the pot. Again, the edges of the eco-pot should rise slightly above. Spread organic compost and mulch (wood chips, bark chips, straw, etc.) on the ground around the eco-pot, up to the edge of the exposed lip of the pot. The lip of the eco-pot will help prevent mulch from settling against the sensitive stem of the plant, while creating a mini-reservoir for holding water. Water the plant and the area surrounding the eco-pot. The pot will biodegrade naturally, and provide fertility for your young plant!
Keep special attention on the plant during the first few weeks, and then more attention through the first season. Most importantly, be sure to maintain proper moisture and keep the root zone free of weeds. Keep your eye out for early warning signs of waning health - discolored, wilting or wildlife-nibbled leaves are often the first indicators. From there, adjustments can be made to restore vitality. Once established, native plants become very resilient - but initially it’s good to offer extra love and care.
Relax and Enjoy
Give yourself a pat on the back and smile - you’ve just done a good thing - and not just for you. You’ve helped strengthen your local ecology, clean the air and water, provide habitat for native critters; and have made the world a little bit better place - one resilient, edible plant at a time!