We have collected some of our best advice on how you should go about giving your outdoor plants a good start

A good start
The guide is designed to help give your plants the best start in their new surroundings. Here you can find good advice on how to plant out in pots, raised beds and beds, and we also give our recommendation for how many plants you can plant together in beds and pots.
At Byens Plantetorv, we are not gardeners. We are plant lovers who want to pass on our best advice and experience so that it is easy for you to put it into practice. Perhaps you have learned some other advice that you prefer to follow? Finally do it. Gardening is something we get better at through experience, so this is just our recommendation to give your plants good conditions.

 

Preparations: New plants in old pots and beds

  • Pots : Dead plants are removed and old soil is removed and compacted soil in the pot is loosened to prepare for fresh soil. See guide for handling garden waste and soil in Copenhagen Municipality on the next page.

  • Raised beds : For most raised beds, the soil sinks together over time. It is not necessary to change the soil in raised beds, but here fresh soil must be added around the new plants. Prepare for new plants by removing weeds and dead plants in the raised bed.

  • Directly in the ground : Prepare for the new plants by removing weeds and dead plants. The soil will be firm after winter and will benefit from being loosened to a minimum depth of 30 cm to give the new plants an optimal start. The loose soil helps the roots to spread and the plant to develop best.

 

  • The plants are picked up from the supplied plastic pot. If possible, dip the root in a bucket of water before planting, so that the entire root ball is thoroughly moistened.

How to plant

 

  • Pots : Distribute leca balls in the pots, where they must cover at least the bottom 3 cm of the pot. Then add new soil, but make room for the root ball. It is important that the root has good space and not too much pressure. 

 

  • Raised beds : Spread the plants in the bed and make room for the root ball. It is important that the root has plenty of space and is not pressed too much. If the soil is very firm, you can possibly loosen it a little with a cultivator or your hands. It is not necessary to change all the soil in raised beds, but a new top layer of soil of at least 10-15 cm must be provided. 

 

  • Directly in the ground : After the soil has been loosened, space is created for the new plant by making holes that are half a size larger than the root ball.

 

  • Remove the plastic pot from the plant. If there are a lot of roots gathering at the base of the root, you can carefully loosen them to give the roots the best start in their new environment.

 

  • Place the plant in the pot or prepared hole, but keep the shape of the pot clump as much as possible. It is not too happy to be fed too much. The plant should preferably stand at least 3 cm from the top edge of the pot or raised bed. Plants that are planted directly in the ground must simply follow the soil surface. Then fill soil around the plant so that there is no air in the sides and the soil is even throughout the pot or bed.

 

  • Re-water your new plant.

 

  • For raised beds and beds that have not received fresh soil filled with nutrients, fertilizer can be added to the first watering.

 

  • In the first days after planting, the roots must have a good grip on their new environment and therefore the soil must not dry out too much. Therefore, keep an extra loving eye on them in the coming weeks.