Early June -> Time to transplant baby natives.
Here are some tips
Have your winter seedlings of native plants sprouted?
I have noticed that seedlings left in a shady spot germinated better than those in full sun.
The black plastic pots heat up and the temperature certainly has something to do with it.
The plants are certainly still very small, but the developed roots are already very large and just waiting to grow further in the ground.
Preferably on a cloudy evening,
- Make a hole the size of the pot in the ground
- Take the plant out by pressing on the bottom of the pot to release the clod of earth (Avoid pulling on the stem of the plant. The stem could break due to the weight of the clod of dirt. Grasp the plant by the clod of dirt)
- Slightly detangle / air the bottom of the roots
- Place in the hole
- Fill the hole with the remaining soil
- Lightly compact the soil around the stem with your fingers
- Water generously
- Check that the plant recovers at least every other day and water if necessary
The plants will need space to grow: leave at least a foot between each transplant.
There are several plants in my pot, can I replant them all together?
Yes you can replant them all together. However, if there are a lot of baby plants and all of their roots are tangled like a bag of knots, try dividing into two or three parts and replanting each part at least a foot apart. The result will be nice clumps.
How should I dispose them?
Plant the smaller plants in front of the larger ones (height when they’ll rich maturity).
Early sunflower could be planted in the back (along a wall or in the middle of a round bed) because they will be the tallest ones, Blue wild Indigo, Purple Coneflower, Wild Bergamot, Foxglove Beardtongue, in the middle (in front of the early sunflower) and finally Butterfly weed should be planted in the front of the other one as it is shorter.
Height of the plant if settled in a location they like (full sun)
5’: Early Sunflower,
4’: Blue wild Indigo, Purple Coneflower, Wild Bergamot, Foxglove Beardtongue
2’: Butterfly weed:
Then you can expect the following blooming program next year:
Blooms in May: blue wild indigo,
Blooms in June: butterfly weed, blue wild indigo, Early Sunflower, Foxglove Beardtongue
Blooms in July: butterfly weed, blue wild indigo, Early Sunflower, Wild Bergamot, Foxglove Beardtongue
Blooms in August: butterfly weed, purple coneflower, Early Sunflower, Wild Bergamot,
Blooms in September: purple coneflower, Early Sunflower, Wild Bergamot,
Blooms in October: purple coneflower
Here is Foxglove Beardtongue planted a year ago and blooming for the 1st time.