How to Plant an Annual

Woman wearing green gardening gloves planting a pink annual vinca in garden soil

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Diagram of How to Plant Annual Flowers, Illustration

How to Plant Annuals in Pots or the Ground

Step 1 – dig a hole for the plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and two times as wide.

Step 2 – place the annual flowers in the soil

Remove the plant from its pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root ball should be at soil level.

Step 3 – fill soil around the plant’s roots

Fill the hole until the soil line is just at the base of the plant and even with the surrounding soil surface. Gently tamp the soil around the plant to remove air pockets.

Step 4 – water, mulch and care for the plant

Water the plant well and add a two-inch layer of mulch around the planting area. Continue to water regularly, whenever the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.

If you’d like to know how to transplant other types of plants, then you can find more planting instructions here.


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