How to plant annual & perennial plants

  • Plant annual seedlings and perennial plants in the spring, when the ground temperature has warmed up.
  • You can get a headstart on nature by sprouting seeds indoors and transplanting them outside when the season warms up. Watching tiny seeds grow into plants will amaze students who are doing it for the first time.
  • Try not to plant, or transplant, in the full sun of a hot afternoon, but rather early or late in the day, when the sun isn't as strong.

Planting trees at Laramba

1. DIG A HOLE with a trowel, make a hole in the loosened, prepared soil. Your hole should be at least twice the depth and width of your seedling to allow for easier root growth. Check the tag that comes with the plants for recommended spacing. Some plants need to be 40cm from their neighbours, others might need as much as 80cm. Keep in mind that in a short time these plants will be much bigger, so allow them plenty of room!

2. CAREFULLY REMOVE seedling from pot by placing fingers over the topsoil & turn the pot upside down, while gently tapping sides of pot. As the plant slowly falls into your hands, place it gently into the hole at level with the top of the soil and refill carefully. Fill the hole, gently packing the soil into place. Leave a little "well" around the plant so water can collect.

3. WATER the plants straight away, gently soaking them into their new home. Ensure there’s a plan to enable regular watering by reticulation or hand watering.

4.TREE GUARDS should be used to protect your seedlings if rabbits, dogs or roos are present on your planting site.