Be Your Own Garden Steward: Video and Instructions
We’ve partnered with SDG&E to create this virtual Plant It Forward series on garden stewardship. Check out the video and step-by-step instructions below to learn how to plant and care for your own climate-appropriate plant.
How to Plant Your Native or Climate-Appropriate Plant
1. Find the perfect spot for your plant!
Select an area outside so that your climate-appropriate plant will get at least 6 hours of sunlight. If planting in a pot, select a pot that will give the plant room to grow (3 or 4 times the size of the plant).
2. Make sure the soil is moist!
When you are planting, make sure that the soil in the area or in the pot is moist. Also, make sure that you water the plant before you take it out of its original pot. This will also help the plant to not go into transplant shock.
3. Dig a hole just the right size!
When measuring the planting hole, you want to be sure that the hole is deep enough so that roots will not be exposed, but not too deep where the plant will drown. Simply observe where the root ball stops and the plant stem/trunk starts, and make sure that part of the plant is at soil level or slightly above the soil level. After digging the hole, if the soil is not already moist, you can fill the hole with water and let the water drain.
4. Transplant your plant!
Before taking the plant out of the container, make sure you want to water it first. To take the plant out of its pot, squeeze the sides so that it gently comes out of its original pot.
5. And don’t forget to loosen the roots!
Oftentimes, folks place their plant in the planting hole without loosening the roots. This step is important so that the plant’s roots will grow outward instead of wrapping around the root ball.
6. Plant your plant!
Place the plant in the planting hole so that it’s not too deep or too high. Use the soil that you removed earlier to firmly pat the plant down so there are no air pockets.
7. Use water!
Once you’re done planting the plant, make sure you give the plant water. If your plant is in a pot, make sure you place it in an area where it will get at least 6 hours of sunlight. Make sure to water it regularly, but allow the soil to go nearly dry between each watering.
For more information on caring for your Narrowleaf Milkweed, visit https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/updates/narrowleaf-milkweed-monarch-care/ and https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/stop-milkweed-pests-ruining-milkweed-monarchs/