We send a detailed Cultural Instructions booklet with every plant and bulb order. You may also read our general instructions, specific Growing Guides, and gardening newsletters online. If you prefer, download printable versions of our Cultural Instructions booklets and special growing guides below.
General Instructions: How to prepare the soil, plant potted & bareroot plants and bulbs, fertilize, overwinter
Caring For Your Plants: A brochure in PDF format that covers the basics of meeting the needs of your plants, from getting them off to a good start to tending them as they grow in your garden.
Designing Your Garden: A brochure in PDF format that helps you select a site, size, and shape for a flower garden and then fill it with plants that will please you. A plant selection chart and several pre-designed gardens are included.
Home Composting Guide: A brochure in PDF format that covers all the basics,
from what compost is, how and what to compost,
to troubleshooting your results.
How to Succeed at Seed-Starting: This helpful, step-by-step guide discusses everything you need to know about -- soil, containers, sowing, growing,
hardening off, and planting out your seedlings.
Cultural Instructions in PDF format
PDFs may be read online, but are set up in a printer-friendly format so it's easy to make your own paper copies for reference. (See Tips on using PDFs, below). Please note: some of the files are large and may take a few moments to download.
Using Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®
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