Buying Shrubs Online, How To
Before you buy shrubs online, check you
have identified the correct hardiness zone for your area. Knowing your zone will ensure you buy
shrubs of the right hardiness for your climate. (
US Hardiness Zones )
Things to check before you buy might include;
Other advice on how to buy shrubs online;
- Online suppliers often specialize in bare-root plants
because of the ease of shipping them. Bare-root is usually the
least expensive way to buy deciduous plants, especially roses
and fruit trees, and is also a good way to get small plants started.
- The younger and smaller the plant, the lower the cost, but
the longer you'll have to wait for it to become large. See
Shrub Growth Size
- Online garden centers and nurseries offer great selections
and good values, and prices are sometimes better than local outlets.
- You can usually get by with growing plants that are rated
hardy one zone colder of your own (one number lower). So if you
live in Zone 5, chances are you can grow just about everything
that's hardy to Zone 4. And in many cases you can grow a number
of plants that are hardy in Zones 3, 2 and 1, as long as they survive the summer heat in your area.
- You can also grow a number of plants that are rated hardy
one zone warmer of your own (one number higher), but protect
them during the winter. In fact, you can probably grow plants
rated hardy several zones warmer of your own if you grow them in containers and overwinter them indoors.
- Leave shrubs alone that have been sitting around,
particularly in a supermarket or other nontraditional plant
outlet. High temperatures, lack of water and artificial or insufficient light may have stressed these shrubs.
Soil Types for Shrubs
Most shrubs will grow in average garden soils, but for them to
flourish and grow vigorously they should be planted in a site that
is well prepared and has good conditions suited to the characteristics of the shrub you are planting.
Some Shrubs for Certain Soil Types Only
There are some shrubs that will only grow well in particular soil
conditions. For example; Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias prefer
a lime free or acid soil. This makes them good partners to plant
with coniferous evergreens, or underneath coniferous evergreen
trees, as these plants drop needles which then decompose turning the
ground beneath them acidic. You can duplicate these conditions by using ericaceous compost.
The planting hole should be well dug,
twice the diameter of the pot the shrub is in, and 2 to 4 inches
deeper, so that a layer of compost can be added mixed with sand if
in clay soil. When backfilling around the shrub, mix in some shrub
fertilizer or bone meal, as per manufactures recommendations.
The best time to plant shrubs is in the
spring or fall (autumn), although many can be planted at anytime
providing they are watered well. All plantings must be well watered,
and be kept well watered especially when hot and dry. New shrub
plantings must not dry out during their fist year.