9. Carefully position the plant in the hole and backfill with soil. If a stake is required, put it in place now to avoid damaging the roots (see step 11, below, for details on staking). Ensure that the plant is at the same depth as it was in the original container (or in its original location if transplanting). For transplanted plants, position it so it has the same orientation to the sun as it did in its original location (eg the same side faces the sun).
10. Finish planting. Gently, but firmly compress the soil around the plant ensuring the soil fills in and around the roots leaving no air gaps. Water it in well with the bucket of Seasol used to soak the plant, or with a watering can filled with a Seasol solution. This will help promote strong root development and healthy growth and reduce transplant shock. If pests such as rabbits or wallabies are likely to be an issue, surround the plant with protection such as a plant guard or wire.
11. If your plant needs staking, take care not to damage the root system when inserting the stake. For trees, place two or three sturdy stakes about 50cm away from the tree trunk. To attach the plant to its stake or stakes, wrap stretchy tie around the trunk and stake in a figure of eight pattern. This will allow the plant to move slightly in the wind while it establishes strong anchoring roots, but support it from blowing over or out of the soil. Surround the new plant with a layer of mulch to suppress weed growth and keep the roots cool and moist.
12. Periodically check on your plant’s progress. Apply Seasol every week for the first 4-6 weeks to get the plant off to a flying start. Continue with regular applications of Seasol throughout the year to boost growth and performance.
13. After four to six weeks, the plant will need to be fed to sustain healthy growth. Liquid feed with a complete fertiliser such as PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives. It’s safe for all plants including natives.