Late Planting Instructions

Late Spring & Summer Planting Instructions!

When planting after the weather has warmed up into summer, you need to take extra care.  Newly planted root systems are not capable of supplying as much moisture to the rest of the plant as established roots. Protecting plants from hot sun and drying winds until they have established increases their chances of doing well.

Don’t plant in hot sunny weather, if possible. Plants will do best if the weather is overcast or raining for several days following planting.  Plant in early evening or morning.  You may want to temporarily plant into a container, which needs to be large enough to accommodate the root system plus an inch or so, and should be filled with a good quality of potting soil, not garden soil. The container can then be placed in a temporary location with afternoon shade and wind protection, and the plant put in its permanent location in fall.

WATER IMMEDIATELY AND THOROUGHLY AFTER PLANTING. Soaking the roots of bare rooted plants for a couple of hours before planting can help them. The sooner plants are planted, the better they will do for you.


Sprinkling new plants in the morning will increase the humidity and help the plants. Sprinkling in mid-day can burn the leaves if water gets on them, and evening sprinkling can encourage disease.

Sometimes leaves of plants will droop in summer heat and sun.  This can occur even when the plant is well watered. If the soil is already adequately moist, adding more water will not help. Occasionally a stressed plant will drop all of its leaves and grow a new set in a couple of weeks.  Do not fertilize until you see the new growth coming out.

Throughout the spring and summer it is most important to water the plants deeply about once a week if it hasn’t rained. An inch or two of mulch on the root zone, not touching the trunk or canes, will help keep the growing zone cool and moist. Keep the ground around the plant free of weeds that will rob the soil of water and nutrients.