Plant-tone ( 5 - 3 - 3 ) - All Natural Plant Food with Bio-tone Microbes
The Original All Natural, All Purpose Plant Food
Plant-tone is the original all natural plant food made from the finest quality organics available. Plant-tone's natural organics break down gradually, providing a safe, long lasting food reservoir activated throughout the growing season. Won't burn delicate root systems, or leach out of soil - both common problems associated with synthetic / chemical based fertilizers and plant foods. Plant-tone's all natural formula contains Bio-tone®, our proprietary blend of beneficial microbes. Bio-tone biologically enhances our natural plant food to ensure superior plant growth.
We recommend using this food for just about any species of deciduous trees, shrubs, grasses, and daylilies. It is especially beneficial for the following selections we grow: Crape Myrtles, Barberry, Boxwood, and Distylium just to name a few. Can literally be used on ANY plant that we offer, and we have used this food at one time or another on everything we grow. But we do suggest the Holly Tone for evergreen species, and Rose Tone for all Rose varieties, and other smaller flowering shrubs.
For New Plantings :
Dig hole larger than root of plant so that roots can spread naturally. Remove 1/2 of the soil and replace it with compost, peat moss or humus. Mix 1 cup of Plant-tone into amended soil. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same depth it was previously growing ( use soil mark on the trunk as a guide ). Fill the hole halfway with amended soil. Pack the soil firmly, soak it with water, and allow it to settle. Finish filling hole leaving the top two inches loose for easy absorption of water. Make slight depression around the plant to help hold water. Add mulch to help conserve water, slow down evaporation, and control weeds. Keep well watered until plant is established.
For Established Plants :
Feed acid-loving plants twice yearly - Spring and Fall. Use half the recommended rate in the Fall application. If the area to be fed is mulched, it is preferable to remove the mulch, feed and then restore the mulch on top of the plant food. If this is not possible, double all recommended feeding rates.
Prior to shipping, your plant(s) are removed from their pots and any loose, unnecessary soil removed. The root base of the plant is then misted down with water and put in a plastic bag. The plastic bag serves to keep the root base nice & moist while keeping the remaining soil with the roots. The bag is then secured with a twist tie around the plant's base and placed in the shipping container/box and sent out for shipment. We use various methods to secure the plant within the shipping box so that it does not move / shift during transit. The result is a plant that arrives to you in excellent condition, and whose root system is protected and in tact, while the rest of the plant is able to "breathe". We have found this method to be much less stressful on the plant than shipping bare root. True, bare root shipping weighs less, and may cost a few pennies less - but we think you will find our shipping costs to be quite reasonable when compared to other nurseries. And bottom line is we want you to have the healthiest plant possible when it arrives at your doorstep. Feel free to contact us regarding any shipping questions - whether regarding rates, methods of packing, or whatever else you may want to know about getting plants from us to you. We will always be more than happy to take the time to answer your questions.
SPECIAL SHIPPING NEEDS / REQUESTS
We ship the majority of our evergreen varieties year round, and will be glad to try to accommodate whatever special shipping needs or requests that our customers may have & need. If there are special circumstances involved with your order, please feel free to e-mail us anytime to let us know what would work best for you. We can then work with you to ensure that your order is delivered at the best time for your particular situation or schedule. Obviously, the well being of the plants always comes first, but we will be more than happy to do our very best to arrange shipping & delivery to best suit your needs - just let us know !!!
SHIPPING / ORDERING PROCEDURES
We have checked out several shipping methods, and have chosen UPS as our exclusive method of shipment. UPS has the advantage of nationwide coverage, variety of shipping options, and very reasonable rates. Your shopping cart on our website is automatically equipped with a built-in UPS shipping cost calculator that will figure your shipping cost for you based on the shipping info you enter, and the items you have placed in your shopping cart. All you do is fill out the shipping address info, and choose what method of shipment you prefer - for example UPS Ground, 3-Day Select, etc. We do the rest. All this is done before your order is submitted. So you can see the all the different shipping options & charges before you actually order. Once again - no surprises. Then just submit your order when satisfied, and we'll take it from there. You will receive an order confirmation e-mail usually with 24 hrs, and a shipping confirmation e-mail once UPS has picked up your order. Your shipping confirmation e-mail will include a link from which you can track the progress of your package. All tracking information is provided straight from UPS, and is real time.
Orders are usually packed & shipped in just a matter of a couple days after receiving them. You can almost always expect your order to be shipped out within 3 - 5 business days, with exceptions being during holiday periods ( no UPS service ), or times of extremely high order volume ( peak ordering, mainly in spring ).NOTE: Selecting express shipping options ( 3-Day Select, etc ) does NOT mean that your order will be shipped out, or received in that amount of time......it is simply indicative of the amount of time your order will be in transit with UPS once it is shipped. We try to ship all orders out in the order that they are received, regardless of the type of UPS service selected.
Occasionally, there may be severe, or extreme weather conditions that may prevent us from shipping orders out at our normal times, These times are extremely rare, but we really have no control over the type of weather that Mother Nature can dish out. But rest assured, we make every effort to get you order out as quickly as possible, and with the safety & well being of your plants as the highest priority. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail at anytime should you have special shipping needs, or requests, and we will be more than happy to do our very best to accommodate whatever would work best for your particular situation.
SHIPPING TRANSIT TIMES - UPS Ground Service
Below is a chart to help you determine the number of days your order would be in transit with UPS. We generally do most all of our shipping on Mondays thru Wednesdays of each & every week ( excluding Holidays where there is no UPS service ). We do this to try & ensure that every order gets to its destination by the end of the work week, without "weekending over" with UPS. We make every effort to minimize the amount of time your order is in transit, and generally try to ship orders with the longest transit times first. Then we follow up with the closer destinations as the shipping week progresses.
Transit times, and shipping times will vary somewhat during peak ordering seasons, and delivery routes in your particular area. UPS Services offer Saturday delivery in many parts of the country, which is an excellent feature not offered by most other parcel services. But we have found that UPS Ground Delivery Service is by far the most popular, and most economical.
SHIPPING TRANSIT TIMES - UPS Ground Service
read these planting instructions before planting your new plants. As
you will notice, your plants still have a major amount of the dirt they
were grown in still attached to their root systems. This is done to
minimize any transplant shock, as well as to keep the plants root system
from any damage due to drying out, or other damage that can occur with
shipping plants “bare root”.
Keep your new plants in the bag they
arrived in & the roots with the soil moist until you are ready to
actually plant them. We suggest you plant them as soon as possible -
their new home in the ground is better for them than their temporary
home in the shipping bag. If you need to store / keep your plants for a
short period of time until you can get them planted in the ground, then
please follow the following guidelines for temporary storage of your new
--- Remove plants from their box, and stand upright in a sheltered location.
Do NOT place the plants in direct sunlight while still in their plastic
shipping bags. This will cause the temperature inside the plastic bag
to get extremely warm - similar to “greenhouse effect”.
--- Store the
plants either inside, in a garage area, covered porch / patio, etc.
Preferably where they get some indirect, filtered sunlight - but nothing
--- There is usually enough moisture retained in the
rootball & surrounding soil to last for several days ( 3 - 5 ). After
this period of time, you will need to check the moisture content of the
soil, and water very lightly if needed.
--- To water your plant while
still in their plastic shipping bag, simply loosen the twist tie at the
base of the plant & lightly moisten the soil & rootball by
sprinkling water onto the soil, or even using a clean spray mist bottle.
Should you accidentally add too much water to the rootball, you can
simply cut 2 or 3 small slits in the bottom of the plastic shipping bag
--- Following these fairly simple guidelines will allow
you to temporarily keep / store your new plants for a more extended
period of time until planting in the ground can be accomplished ( up to
3 - 4 weeks ). Any period of time beyond this 3 - 4 week period, we highly
suggest that you temporarily pot the new plants up in containers until
planting can be completed.
suggest that you dig the hole for the plant at least twice the size of
the root system of the plant. Depending upon the quality of your native
soil, we recommend using a 50/50 mix of a good grade topsoil or organic
compost and your native soil to backfill around the root system of your
new plant. This will make the adjustment to your soil, which is bound to
be somewhat different than the soil the plant has been grown in, as
gradual as possible. It will also help the new feeler roots to spread
through the looser soil around them much more easily than is the soil
was hard, and compacted. The most common causes of a plant not making it
through a transplant is the lack of root development after
transplanting, and lack of water/moisture.
After backfilling the hole with your 50/50 mix of soil, give the
plant a good deep watering - don’t make it swampy, just good & moist
throughout the entire depth of the hole. Then check on your plant every
day, or every other day to monitor the moisture in the soil around the
plant. Do this for the first couple weeks if possible..
We also highly recommend a top dressing around the base of the plant
using hardwood or cypress mulch. Any type of mulch will be sufficient,
but hardwood and cypress mulches are of a higher quality and have a
better nutritive value for the plant. Basically meaning that as it
breaks down over time, it has more organic compounds which your plants
will feed on as organic food sources than most other mulches ( pine ).
Freshen up the mulch twice a year (early spring & fall).
We do not generally recommend using fertilizers on a regular basis,
and especially not right after transplanting. This may sound a little
strange, but after transplanting, the root system of the plant is most
vulnerable to getting “burned” by too much, or too strong of
fertilizers. If you really feel you would like to give it some sort of
fertilizer/plant food as a little “boost” after transplanting - then we
recommend a very weak dilution of original Miracle Gro, or similar
product. Either a water soluble type, or a granular product ( such as
Holly Tone ) can be used effectively. Be especially careful with Firs,
Spruces, and most other conifers & evergreen species. They are among
the most sensitive to root damage from fertilizer burn. We strongly
recommend using fertilizers at a weaker dilution / application than the
manufacturer states ( ½1/2 - 3/4¾ strength ). We also recommend that
fertilizing / feeding be avoided COMPLETELY during the hot summer months
( late June thru August ) - the risk of fertilizer burn are greatest
during this time of year.
Freshen up both the mulch, as well as apply any desired fertilizers /
plant foods twice per year - once in very early spring, and again in mid
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