Plant Care Resource Guide

Our nursery wants to make sure that you are more than satisfied with our level of service and support. We appreciate your business and we're excited to help with this how-to guide to nurture beautiful and healthy trees & shrubs. In order to allow you to do this, we have created the following sections (Please click on the section to view our useful information):

Note: Some content and images of this Plant Care Resource Guide were adapted from and their "How to Plant a Tree" section.

Plant appearance upon arrival

Plant size, plant appearance, plant roots, plant width, and plant thickness will all be different and unique to the species you ordered. Root development also varies greatly between species and also in the same plant species. Each plant is unique.

Potted plants will arrive, depending on time of year, either with or without leaves. Dormant plants will not have leaves. Actively growing plants will have leaves.

When the plant arrives

The plant you ordered will arrive in a box or container. Our shipper of choice is FedEx. When you pick up the box left by FedEx, use the following checklist.

  1. Check box for damage. Report damaged box to FedEx. FedEx customer service number:1-800-GoFedEx (1-800-463-3339).
  2. Open the box by cutting all the tape, so when you remove the plant(s) it will not catch on an unopened part of the box and be damaged.
  3. Remove plant(s) from box carefully so you do not pull off any plant identification tags.
  4. Carefully inspect the plant(s) to ensure there was no additional damage to the plant, and make sure your item(s) match the packing slip.
  5. Plant immediately.

Storing and planting your plants

If you cannot plant right away (within 72 hours) you will need to store your plants in a suitable location.

Storage for potted plants

Open the plastic wrapper that contains the pot. Replenish the moisture every other day until planted. Do not over water, but do not let roots dry out. Keep the plants out of extreme heat and cold. Store the plant in an area where it will receive partial shade during the day and place in an area such as a garage where it will not freeze at night.

Planting instructions for potted plants

Carefully remove the pot from the plant. Make an effort to keep as much of the soil medium that envelops the roots intact. Place the soil and root ball a hole at the same depth it grew in the nursery. The soil level of Nature's Pride potted plants should be flush with surface of the ground. Leave a shallow depression around each plant to hold water. Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots. Do not let plant roots dry out at any time. Your plants will need regular rain or watering each week to optimize survival and healthy growth.

Keep your plantings free of weeds. Using mulch around each plant is a great way to provide a weed free environment for your plants.

Information regarding plant care

Our goal is to offer you a basic checklist to help determine what is needed to grow and maintain a healthy plant.

Site selection: Choose a plant that will thrive in the location you desire to place it. Plants have different tolerances to soils, shade, heat, and cold.

Watering: All plants require some moisture. Providing water on a weekly basis, either in the form of rain, or supplemental watering, generally will suffice for most plants. Be aware that you can over water. When plants or trees are small, moisture must be made available in the root zone. Small plants and trees have small root zones. Moisture must be placed in an area where the roots can access the moisture.

Fertilization: Plants have a wide range of fertility needs. To obtain healthy vigorous growth, fertility is a must. Providing the proper fertilizer at the proper times can greatly increase plant health and growth. If your plant site is deficient of fertility, you will have to provide it in the form of supplemental fertilizer. Test your soil for deficiencies.

Pruning: Individual plants may be pruned to enhance their attractiveness, or in some cases to reinvigorate flowering or to reduce the opportunity for diseases.