To smooth the transition from pots to garden, add compost into the planting holes for your roses and clematis. Make planting holes at least twice as wide as the pot they came out of, then backfill halfway with a 50-50 blend of topsoil and compost.
Reduce transplant shock by watering your newly planted roses and clematis with a transplant fertilizer. Vitamin B-1 is usually a key ingredient in these fertilizers. This vitamin activates plant disease resistance and causes plants to release rooting hormones, which results in strong root growth.
Water new additions to the garden during the first season, providing 1 inch of water per week through rainfall or irrigation.
Test Garden Tip: Give your plants an extra boost by topdressing the soil with compost in spring and again autumn. This is especially helpful for sandy or clay soils.
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