7 Tips for Planting Perennial Plants


I am a gardening enthusiast and my neighbors often tell me that I have a green thumb. While I don’t know if having green thumbs is something people can develop, I do know that putting your plants in the right conditions is key to getting them to thrive. Here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years for planting perennial plants that will help you make sure they’re happy and healthy in their new home!

Always keep the plant in the container until you’re ready to plant it.

  • It keeps the plant from drying out.
  • It keeps the plant from getting damaged by elements, animals and people.
  • It keeps the plant from getting damaged by insects

Prepare your soil.

  • Prepare your soil.

The first step in planting perennials is to prepare the soil by removing rocks and roots. The next step is to dig the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches, mixing in compost and fertilizer. You can also add some organic matter, such as peat moss or leaves, which will help water penetrate deeper into the soil. This will keep it moist longer and reduce damage from drought during summer months when plants are actively growing but not producing flowers yet. When you’re finished digging up your garden bed, water it well to help settle any remaining clumps before planting your perennials! After they’re planted but before they start making flowers (usually a few weeks after planting), make sure they get regular doses of water throughout dry spells so that their roots stay healthy enough to support vigorous growth later on down the line once spring rolls around again this year!

Use good quality potting soil and fertilizer.

We recommend using a good quality potting soil, as well as a fertilizer that has been specifically designed for your perennials. You can also use compost or worm castings to add nutrients and improve drainage. To get the best of all worlds, try mixing all three together before planting.

  • Mix one part fertilizer with one part potting soil or existing soil mixture in a container before filling it up with soil (proportions will vary depending on how much space you need fill).
  • If you’re adding new topsoil and aerating your existing garden bed at the same time, mix equal parts of each (available in bags from nurseries) into an area about one foot deep by two feet wide at each plant’s location prior to filling in with more soil from further away (5-10 feet). This will help ensure proper drainage for any roots that may be damaged during tilling efforts!

Mix a little extra soil with compost and fertilizer.

If you’re planting a perennial plant, especially if it is a large shrub or tree, mix some compost with the soil before planting. The compost will help keep your plant healthy and reduce the need to fertilize very often.

Also, make sure to have some extra soil on hand because sometimes plants can be planted deeper than they were originally laid out on display at a nursery or garden center. This isn’t always necessary but it’s good to have just in case!

When adding compost and fertilizer to your yard or garden bed:

  • Make sure that you are mixing an equal amount of each so that there is enough for both plants’ needs as well as yours (because after all – we all want beautiful gardens!)
  • Be sure not too much water gets into any one area – this will cause it to run off before getting absorbed into the ground where needed most​3) If possible try not watering directly overhead instead use drip irrigation systems (which means less waste).

Check the root structure of perennial plants you buy in containers or pots.

When you are buying perennial plants in containers, make sure the roots look healthy. Roots should be firm and white, not mushy and brown. If the roots are too long for their container, trim them so that they can fit better. If the roots are too short for their container but seem healthy and strong, don’t worry about it—you won’t need to transplant them until next spring anyway! The same goes if your perennial’s root system is thick or thin; just make sure it looks like it will be able to extract water from your soil once you plant it out in its permanent home!

Achieving the right consistency of soil is key to getting perennial plants established in your yard.

When you’re planting perennial plants in your yard, the right consistency of soil is key to getting them established. Soil should be loose, but not too loose; it should be moist, but not too moist; it should be well-drained and well-aerated. Perhaps most importantly, though—in addition to having the right pH level—soil should be high in organic matter. This will help keep your perennial plants healthy as they grow and mature over time!

Water the plant immediately after planting in its new home.

Watering is an important part of plant care. The right time to water is after planting, but before the soil feels dry. If a plant dries out too much, it may die or become stressed. A stressed plant won’t grow as well, so it’s best to keep these plants moist until they can establish new roots and get growing on their own.

These 7 tips will help make sure your perennials are happy and healthy!

  • Know the light requirements of your perennials.
  • Water regularly and deeply.
  • Don’t overfertilize and don’t use too much manure around your plants!
  • Use a hand trowel instead of a shovel to plant your perennials, unless you want to throw out your back for the rest of the season!
  • Don’t cut back perennial flowers into stumps; cut them at their base instead so that they can regrow from there next year!
  • Planting perennials in rows will help ensure that all of them receive adequate sunlight and water drainage throughout their lifetimes by enabling you to cultivate between rows easily (and more quickly).
  • Make sure you mulch each year after flowering with fresh wood chips or shredded leaves for a healthy ground cover that will keep weeds away from growing beneath them while retaining moisture in dry periods.”


In the end, it’s all about making sure your plants have a healthy start in life, and aren’t damaged by improper planting techniques. We hope these tips will be of use to you when you’re planting perennial plants this spring! You can also visit us at our store if you want to learn more about how to grow your new perennials successfully or if there are any other tips we can share with you on how best to care for them throughout their lives.

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