You’ll recall that in July I posted about root-washing perennials before planting them in the middle of our typically hot and dry summer in the Pacific Northwest. I wanted to update everyone on how they performed now that we’re heading into our cooler and wetter fall months.
Just to remind you, here’s a photo of the garden right after planting:
And here is the same garden, 3 months later:
No plants died; in fact, as you can tell, they all thrived. They were watered twice a day during the hottest months and now are rain watered only. (The underlying soil is an excessively drained glacial till, which is why we water frequently during esablishment and why we don’t worry about the drainspout. Water doesn’t stay around long.)
I used no fertilizer. I did add the soilless media from the root washing to the top of the soil and then covered with woodchip mulch.
There was, of course, a period of about 6 weeks post planting where there was no above-ground growth. But all of these plants retained their flowers, which kept our bees and other pollinators (butterflies and hummingbirds) happy. In August, the plants started to put on new growth at a furious rate now that roots have established.
Take some time and go back to the original post (which is linked in the first sentence. Look at the roots – before and after washing and pruning. Now look at the results.
Why wouldn’t you plant this way?