As our spring days begin to warm up, I tend to buy bigger containerized perennials. These plants are usually in bloom and have been grown over the winter. While they are beautiful when I purchase them, I want them to be a true perennial and come back and bloom year after year. Most of the plants I am buying now are pot bound, which means their root masses are dense around the edge of the pots and/or at the bottom. Such was the case of the gaillardia I purchased a few days ago. They were very root bound, as you can see from the image above. Instead of planting them as is, I removed the bottom mass of roots and loosened the roots circling the sides of the pot (you may even have to cut them sometimes if the root mass is so dense you can’t get them to break apart from their circular pattern). Once I did this, now the plant is read to plant (see image above). Always plant where they get the proper sun and water necessary to ensure you have a long term plant instead of a one season wonder.
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