QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Not winter hardy. Will thrive from spring to fall in all zones. We recommend planting in a container so you can move the plant to a protected area (somewhere that doesn’t freeze) before the first frost.
3. Planting Distance - Most patio trees are not winter hardy and should be planted in a 12 inch or larger container to be moved indoors for the winter. Transplant into larger containers as needed. Be sure to check the individual tree varietal information.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 3 to 4 feet tall with a 2 to 3 foot spread.
5. Bloom Time - Summer.
6. Planting Instructions - We strongly recommend planting your tree in a container for maximum performance and enjoyment. Use the instructions below as a guide for container planting.
For container planting: Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball.
Once the plant is positioned at the proper planting depth, begin filling the hole with soil. Work the soil around the root ball with your hands. When the hole is half filled, tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.
Water well and, if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring the level back up to the original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball. Stake the tree to assist the roots in getting anchored and to maintain upper balance so that the trunk will continue to grow straight.
For in-ground planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown, gently remove the root ball from the pot. Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant carefully and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.
Tropical Shrimp Plant: The bright coral blooms will grab your attention and the show will not stop until the frost in the fall. The colorful part of the bloom is actually the branch, which hold the white tubular flowers. This is another rugged plant that can tolerate abuse, drought, and sun, but continue to produce an interesting color display.
Flowering Maple: This Flowering Maple is an exceptional performer with peachy apricot bell shaped blossoms that hang down over the creamy white and green variegated cut leaf foliage.
Yellow Daisy: The bright yellow daisy blooms literally cover the dark green cut leaf foliage for the entire summer. The exceptional heat tolerance makes this the perfect plant for that sunny, hot spot on your patio or porch.
Heliotrope: The topiary form of this popular fragrance plant will bring the color and fragrance up off the ground where you can enjoy it more! The purple flowers cover the plant and emit the intoxicating vanilla fragrance that will perfume the entire patio.
Tropical Braided Hibiscus: The most colorful trees you will ever display on your patio! The beauty of the hibiscus in a braided tree form with 4 braids of various colors. A stunning tree that is loved by the hummingbirds and butterflies.
Water - Adequate and consistent watering is essential during the plant's first year in your garden. Infrequent, long soakings of water that thoroughly saturate the soil surrounding the root zone are more effective than frequent light applications of water that may wet the top of the soil only.
Due to individual plant needs, geographical and environmental conditions, a specific watering schedule is hard to define; however as a rule of thumb you should not allow the soil to completely dry out. During periods of drought and extreme summer heat, you may need to water as often as every day.
Overwatering can be as damaging as under watering. Be sure that the area surrounding your plant does not become a water-holding bog and that there is adequate drainage to move excess water away from the plant.
Mulching - In ground apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Pruning improves the size and quality of the tree and maintains a healthy, happy plant. Remove any branches that become overlapped, damaged, or unsightly after flowering.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.
Winterizing - Do not let your plant freeze. Instead, at the first sign of frost, inspect and treat for pests, then enjoy them as houseplants during the colder months.
When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water them daily. Bathrooms, especially those with a southern exposure, will provide a naturally humid environment for your plants.
If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around your plant by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray. The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water. You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.
All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly. Do not over water or allow your plants to sit in water. Follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter to extend your plant’s performance.
In the spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.