Carefully place the plant into the hole, slightly higher (1-2 mm)
than the surrounding soil.
DO NOT ADD
AMENDMENTS, just plant in your
DO NOT ADD FERTILIZER. Backfill the hole with your dirt, and only your dirt, NO
The First Watering: Water lavishly (lots and lots, like 30
gallons. If it
rains, five inches right after you
plant, skip.) We water an area for 8-12 hours with a
if we plant in spring/summer/fall. Water the plant, and the ground
around the plant in a circle one foot past the drip line. Dig into this
area after you watered,
did the moisture make it to at least 18 inches deep? (Do not dig up
plant, just check the soil moisture.)
Water (After the First Watering):DO NOT
USE DRIP IRRIGATION. Use microspray
emitters or low volume sprinklers instead, so that the plant will be
irrigated in a pattern more similar to rainfall. Do not water against
the crown (the main stem of the plant at the soil surface) of the
plant. Water should fall in the area of the drip line of the plant
and beyond. Do not blast the plant's stem for ten minutes and call it
a day. Again, check that the water made it down at least 18 inches; 24
inches + would be better. Let the top inch or so dry out between
waterings. Check at least a few times until you get the feel for the
water and soil.
The first year, check the soil,
down about an inch or two, once a week; if it is
water it to 18 inches deep; if it is moist, don't water it.
The second and
succeeding year-water, if needed, during the months of November
through April, and try to abstain from watering in the summer
(excepting desert plants, which receive summer rain showers, and
sprinkling for coastal plants that normally receive fog drip/summer
rain showers ). In really dry years like 2013, add extra water once a
week either between plants or a overhead sprinkler like a summer shower.
You may have to do this for much of the year if the rainfall is below normal.
Depending on the origin of the plant,
may need to water extra or not. If the plant originates from an
area with equal amounts of rainfall and equal rainfall patterns, you
don't need to water extra; if the plant originates from an area of
higher rainfall or different rainfall patterns, you may need to water
extra during the time the plant usually receives rainfall. Plant a
Barstow, water it extra all year, plant a cactus in Eureka, don't water
it. DRIP IRRIGATION is ok for riparian plants, other native plants will die an early death if watered with drip.
Place mulch on top of the soil around the plant in a
four-foot-diameter circle. Mulch
Types: A. Desert plants-
use rocks. B. Perennials and subshrubs-shredded redwood
bark or shredded cedar bark.C. Long-lived trees and
shrubs- mostly evergreen oak leaf mulch or shredded redwood bark
or shredded cedar bark 2-4 inches deep.
If you can't plant your plants immediately, poke a few holes in the
bottom of the bag, place in morning sun or part shade, water once or
twice a week if needed. Relax, we've left them in the bags for months
with no problems.
This guide is for California Native Plants from Las Pilitas Nursery. The guide can be found at .