Placing a seed, bulb, or plant in (a place) to grow is called planting. Plants require certain conditions to grow and flourish. They’re numerous criteria, because they’re many different types of plants. The process of planting a seed, bulb or live growing plant can be a daunting task. Some individuals claim they have a green thumb. That means they can make anything grow while others shudder and claim everything they try to grow dies. This article will deal with instructions that if followed will yield a live growing plant.
Where to Plant.
Preparing the place where you will plant your garden should include the following; removing weeds and rocks from the area you have chosen. Loosen the soil and enrich the soil with 3 to 4 inches of potting soil worked into a depth of 6 inches. Make sure the area meets the growing requirements of the particular seeds, bulbs or live plants you have chosen to plant. Do the instructions say they need to grow in full sun, if they do make sure the garden area gets at least six hours of sunlight daily.
The Right Time.
Even with the perfect soil, and ideal location, if you don’t plant at the right time your garden will be ruined. Most plants don’t do well in weather that is too cold or hot, so it is usually best to plant in spring because it is between these periods. Although planting in the spring may seem obvious, there is an art to choosing the perfect time. There are exceptions bulbs and wildflowers plant these flowers in the fall. All other plants should be planted at least two weeks after the most recent frost, and avoid planting until temperatures at night stay above freezing on a regular basis. Check the seed packets of the plants you are planting to find the best planting time.
The place you have chosen is prepared for planting. Now what are you going to plant; flowers, herbs, vegetables or decorative plants? Your choice makes a drastic difference of how they will be planted.
1. Should be planted after summer has turned into fall, and the nights have gotten colder. Plant your bulbs before the first deep frost. The bulbs should be planted when the soil is still at least 60 °F (16 °C).
- Plant the bulbs within a week after buying them. Don’t plant the bulbs too early, if you forget to plant your bulbs in the fall, you can plant them in early spring; about Mid-April. Place bulbs in the holes pointy-side up (otherwise they’ll try to sprout downward).
- Bulbs should be buried about 6 inches to 8 inches deep to prevent animals from finding them and eating them. Space the holes 4 to 6 inches apart, and dig them about 8 inches from the base of the bulb. So if you have a 1-inch bulb, you’ll need a 9-inch hole. The larger the bulb, the deeper the hole must be. Sprinkle the soil back into the holes and pack it down with your hands, taking care not to tilt the bulbs in another direction. Give the bulbs a drink of water but don’t water again unless the soil becomes super dry.
- Smalls seeds should be sprinkled onto the surface of well-worked soil then sprinkled with ¼-inch layer of soil to cover them.
- If you are planting large seeds, dig a hole no deeper the 1 to 2 inches and cover the seed with loose soil. Lightly water and keep weeds out of your garden by pulling them as they pop up. Read the instructions on the package to find out how much you need to water your seeds.
- Annuals (plants that live all year) and perennials (plants that live longer and are seasonal) can be sown from seeds, but they take time to sprout, develop and bloom. It takes several weeks for annuals, and up to a year for perennials. That’s why you can buy plants that are already sprouted. Make sure you buy plants, that aren’t in bloom yet. Annuals in northern climates are best planted in color containers. Plant them in the spring and when frost comes in fall, they’re done. It is easier than trying to protect potted perennial through a cold winter. In warmer climates some perennials may live in pots for years.
Remember, the less sunlight the plant has, the fewer blooms it will have; too much shade may cause flowering plants to produce leaves but no blooms.
1. Always, when buying plants, read the labels on plants carefully; a transplanted/potted plant will need a hole as deep as the root ball. Plants don’t need a lot of soil, don’t bury them deep.
2. While the plants are still in a plastic pot, water them heavily to drench the soil. Then, pull the plants out of the pot and gently break up the root ball with your fingers. It will help the roots of the plants to grow out into the soil, rather than back into a confined lump.
3. Feed your plants by putting a bit of slow-release food for plants (fertilizer) will help new plants to grow quickly. Add a few tablespoons to the bottom of each hole, and gently incorporate it into the soil with your fingers.
4. Place each plant into the individual holes that you prepared for them. Use your hands to fill in the empty space around each plant and cover the top of the root ball.
5. Water your plants regularly, but remember individual needs vary based on humidity and the type of plant. It is common to add several cups of water to each plant by watering close to the soil to avoid disturbing the growing or causing soil erosion. You can also have an automatic watering system installed to do the work for you.
6. Weed your plants you want your plants to be healthy in your little garden plot. When weeds appear, pull them out from the soil around your plants. Weeds are unattractive and they take nutrients from the soil and space in the ground that your plants need to grow healthily.
Rooting a Plant:
- Select plant you want to root.
- You will need a sharp knife or sharp pair of Scissors.
- Carefully select a place ¼ inch below a node (node is a place where another leaf attaches) cut at a 45 degree angle.
- Place your cutting in a glass or jar that will hold at least 8 ounces of water.
- Fill your glass or jar containing your cutting with 8 ounces of room temperature water.
- Change room temperature water about every 3-5days. Make sure to only use fresh room temperature water.
- It may take anywhere from a few weeks or months to see roots.
- Make sure to gently rub any slime that accumulates on the roots off before putting them in fresh room temperature water.
- Place glass or jar filled with cutting and water into direct strong sunlight.
- Once roots on cutting gets 5 inches long it is time to plant them in soil.
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Author: Whitney Joh is a retired Science Teacher.