Where to Start: Planting Instructions

Mori Gardens Planting Instructions

Looking to plant a tree, shrub, rose or perennial. Let’s make sure it will be an addition that will last for years to come!

Please use the following planting, watering, fertilizing and mulching instruction to assist you in making a great start at growing something beautiful! We are always available for questions, comments and status updates on your gardening projects.


For planting in most soils:

1. Dig a hole 1.5 times wider and a few inches deeper than the pot, then add triple-mix to the removed soils. (triple-mix contains top soil, peat moss & manure)
Amending the soil is recommended at this time, depending on soil type and pH.

2. Remove the plant from the pot. Gently roughen the root ball with your fingers to loosen the roots.

  • Gently rub a Mori Gardens recommended transplant fertilizer around the root ball.
  • An Acti-Sol natural transplant fertilizer containing bone meal is recommended to spread in the hole. This fertilizer is natural and will not burn your plants from over use.

3. Place plant at centre of hole. Place the root in the hole so that the top comes level with the ground.

4. Fill with the amended soil mix, pack firmly then water thoroughly.


  • Spread your Acti-Sol natural transplant slow release fertilizer on top of the soil surrounding the plant, to be watered in over the coming weeks. (Use once every 6 weeks on top of the soil around the roots)

5. Now apply your mulch of preference.

  • Mulch will help to retain water in the soil, prevent weeds and add an extra element of interest as it naturally assists plants to standout.

For planting in clay:

  1. Make the hole larger and raise the ground level about 2 inches.
  2. Raise the height before placing the plant in position.
  3. Mulching the surface will help improve soil texture.


Recommendations for Successful Planting & Care

Our plants come in 3 types of containers. Please treat each as described below.

Fibre Pot: Water the plant thoroughly before planting. Slice down the sides of the pot before placing the plant into the prepared site. As you fill the soil around the plant, slide the sides away so the soil around the root ball isn’t lost.

Balled in Burlap: Always untie the burlap or twine from the main stem. Fold back burlap to expose the top of the ball.

Plastic Pot: Water well and remove from the pot. If the roots have filled the pot, use your hands to loosen the roots on the sides and the bottom.



Plant as soon as possible. If your planting is delayed, it is important to guard against moister loss. If necessary, store plants in a shady, wind protected area (not in a garage) and keep the root area evenly moist.

Handle plants gently. Use the container or root ball to move plants. Never hold the plant itself. Be sure to place your plants in the preferred growing environment.

Use a good soil mix. A Triple Mix (equal parts: topsoil + compost + peat moss) is recommended

Soil amendments. Adding manure, organic compost, peat moss, bone meal, lime etc. either as a soil conditioner or as fertilizers, can improve the quality and drainage of the soil.


Fertilize properly. Fertilize your plants twice a year – once in mid to late May, then again in early July. A high phosphorous fertilizer is recommended in the first season.

  • A note regarding fertilizers: All fertilizers will have 3 numbers written on them. such as 4 10 2. The first number promotes leaf growth, the second root growth and the third promotes overall nutrients and health.
    • To assist, remember the phrase, Up – Down – All Around
    • In the first year you will want a fertilizer with a higher middle number



Establish healthy plants. Plants purchased in pots can dry out quickly in the garden. It takes several weeks for the roots to extend beyond the original soil ball. Frequent watering is necessary to avoid plant wilt.

Deep watering encourages a deep root system, and a more drought tolerant plant. Deep watering means a long, slow, and thorough watering, leaving the hose at the base of the plant for several minutes with a slow to moderate flow. Continue this deep watering every few days until the plant is well established and growing.

Fall & Water. In the fall, be sure to water evergreens well before freezing weather. Water when the soil feels dry to the tough 2 – 3” (5 – 7cm) down to the root area.



Mulching around plants. Apart from the pleasing appearance, mulch retards weed growth and retains moisture. Roots are kept cool in the summer and insulated in the winter. Some examples of mulch are bark chips and shredded wood.

For any questions please call us at 9054687863 or email info@morigardens.com

We are here to assist in your garden experience from Dream to Enjoyment!

Let’s GROW something Beautiful!

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