How to Plant Annuals

Whether in individual pots or in packs of six or eight, annuals add all season color and minimal maintenance to any landscape. Follow our instructions below to get them off to a healthy start.

  1. Choose the right number of plants for the area to be planted. This information can usually be found on the back of the plant tag, in our online plant catalog or by asking one of our knowledgeable staff members for help.
  2. Pull back any bark mulch and add a 1-2" layer of compost, composted cow manure or other soil amendment to the existing soil for optimal results. Work it in to a depth of 4-8".
  3. Make sure your plants are well watered, then remove the individual plants from their containers and place them onto your planting area in the desired pattern. If you're working on hot days, remember to plant small areas at a time so your plants won't dry out.
  4. Pick up each plant and loosen the roots to encourage them to spread, then dig a hole wide enough to encompass the roots yet shallow enough so the plant sits level with the ground once planted.
  5. Consider using a well-balanced time release or organic fertilizer scratched in to the first inch of soil before replacing the bark mulch and watering thoroughly.
  6. Check for dryness daily for the first two weeks and water when needed until established. All plants appreciate extra water in periods of drought.