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You’ve just begun to see them…those boxed plants are showing up everywhere they sell gardening supplies! But, what exactly are you supposed to do with these boxed plants when it’s far too cold to plant outside? By learning “How to Start Boxed Plants Inside”, you get a jump on the gardening season and be ready to plant healthy, beautiful plants come Spring!
Many times, people purchase boxed plants and put them in the ground immediately. My experience has been that the plant usually dies. Keep in mind, those roots have been in stagnant conditions for months, without any new nutrients. By starting boxed plants inside, they can be nourished and better conditioned for the season!
There are just a few tips and tricks to make sure your plants do well, but you’ll get the hang of this in no time!
Round up some of those used pots from other plants and wash them up real well, with hot soapy water and let dry. (You knew these could come in handy at some point!)
Now that your pots are ready, gently take your plant out of the box. Keep the box for identification in the future! We’re going to soak the plant in some tepid water for about 10 minutes to help prevent shock.
As you take the plant out of the bag, pour the potting soil into the pot you plan to use. Be very careful with the young plant and carefully put into water while you work on the other plants.
Here’s my grape plant, notice the large root ball! I’ll use a bigger pot for this one, what a nice healthy plant!
While your plants are soaking, go ahead and make labels for your pots. You can’t label too much with plants, it’s just impossible to remember everything you’ve planted! If you want to propagate, you’ll want to know exactly what species you have. (No judging for using sewing scissors!)
Now, with your hand, scoop out enough of the new potting soil to place your plant inside the pot without crowding the roots. Put the soil (that came with the plant) back in, making sure all the roots are down inside and completely covered with soil. Press with your fingers firmly. I have my pots in a old aluminum tray to catch soil and water.
Then, water well but don’t soak them, they’ve been in water for 10 minutes already.
Since the plants have an established root system, I like to go ahead and give them a little plant food. Use just a bit because I really don’t know what they’ve had, but I want to give them every opportunity to do well. I like this brand.
Then it’s time for my new plants to join the plant nursery at my south facing window, as we all continue to wait for Spring!