To help avoid heat stress from the midday sun, plant
your perennials in the evening or when cloudy. The hole should be dug
slightly larger than the rootball in an area protected by temperature
extremes. Spread the roots out evenly and work the soil in between them
as you firm the planting area. Water the plant to settle the soil and
add additional media if necessary.
creates a barrier that reduces the chances of soil~borne disease and
fungus from coming in contact with the plants, hold moisture in the
soil, keeps the roots cool and helps control weed growth. For maximum
benefit, mulch the soil around the plant to about a 2 inch depth,
keeping it a few inches away from the plants stem.
the plants consistently and remember that newly~set plants require more
water with greater consistency than established plants which have
mature root systems and built-up reserves. Water the new plants daily
for a week or so and then slowly reduce the watering as the plant
becomes established. Do not let the soil stay too wet, root systems
need oxygen as much as moisture so make sure to check for moisture
levels by digging down into the soil before you water.
long~lasting plants, fertilize in early spring each year with a good
natural fertilizer. Properly maintained soil will not need heavy
applications of fertilizer. It is suggested that you allow the plants a
chance to establish themselves first and then add fertilizer if needed.
Weak, floppy stems can result from over-fertilization. If you are
unsure about the soil in your garden, perform a soil test or contact
your local Cooperative Extension Agency.
Blazing Star Kobold
Plant 4-8 inches apart with eyes 1 inch below surface level