Planting Time Considerations
start the seeds that are included with this hummingbird garden ahead of
time. However it is not necessary to start the seeds early to have
success with the hummingbird vertical garden.
If you are
planting the hummingbird vertical garden late in winter or early in
spring, you may want to start the seeds early and then transplant the
started plants to the planting bag.
If you are planting the hummingbird vertical garden in mid to late
spring or early summer you can directly sow the seeds into the soil in
the hummingbird vertical garden.
Planting instructions for early planting and staring the seeds indoors
Start your Seeds
About 6-8 weeks before the last anticipated frost in your area start you seeds in small pots or open flats with good drainage. Keep seedlings moist and warm, but not wet, at all times. Use a liquid plant fertilizer after sprouts are about 1" tall, diluted to half strength.
Fill bag with soil
When your stater plants are 1-2" tall and have formed a good root system, lay the bag flat with the holes side up. Completely fill the bag with a moist soil mix.
Insert the plants
Gently remove the plants from the starter pots or flats, enough to fill the round openings in the bag. Take special care to keep intact the entire root system for each plant. Remove enough soil in the round circles for the roots then insert the plants into the holes. Tamp around the plants and add extra soil into the holes until the plants are firmly in place. Water well through the openings in the bag. Note: Keep growing additional plants for use in the next step.
Hang your garden
Keep the bag lying flat for about 10 days to allow the plants to become established. When you hang the bag, slowly lift and tilt upright and place two additional plants into the opening at the top of the bag. If needed, add additional soil to the top of the bag to keep the top two plants firmly in place. Hang your garden anywhere that gets plenty of sun each day. Continue to water plant frequently and fertilize as needed.
Planting Instructions for planting seeds directly into the vertical garden
Lay planting bag on its side. Remove the pre-cut holes from the bag. Fill the vertical bag with a lightweight potting mix. Add seed mixture to the soil where the cut out holes are. Add water to the planting holes on the bag. Leave the bag on a flat surface in a sunny location until sprouts appear. Once sprouts appear and the plants to be firmly rooted, you may hang the vertical garden. Sprouts should appear and be sturdy enough to hang 2-4 weeks after planting.