Planting & Care Instructions

Here is practical planting and growing information intended to help you get your new plants off to a good start. If you are an experienced gardener, you might want to go directly to our Growing Guides by Plant Name and search for cultural instructions for specific plants that we sell.

When your plant or flower bulb order arrives

This includes information about how to handle dormant plants, bareroot plants, actively growing plants. You'll also find suggestions on what to do if you can't plant right away. Your plants are living, breathing things and can't remain in the packing box for weeks, but we understand that life sometimes interferes with our good intentions.

How to prepare the soil for planting

If you can prepare the soil before your order arrives, so much the better.

Basic planting advice for bulbs, perennials, annuals, shrubs, and vines

Learn how to handle bareroot and potted plants, whether dormant or actively growing.

How to grow Roses

Tips for planting Roses, and instructions for aftercare: feeding, watering, pruning, and overwintering. Includes advice on growing and overwintering Standard Roses.

After you plant: watering, mulching, & fertilizing your garden

Pointers of fertilizing, watering, pruning, dealing with pests and diseases, winter protection.

How to grow plants in the south

Our gardening experience has come from the Northeast, but we have culled some advice for gardeners in South.

How to grow houseplants

We offer general care instructions for your houseplants.

How to Design a Deer-Resistant Garden

A hungry herd of deer can quickly decimate a garden.

Container Gardening Guide

Here are some tips on planting, feeding, and grooming annuals in containers, and growing standards.

How to Compost

If you can do only one thing to improve your garden this year, build a compost pile.

USDA Hardiness Zones

We'd like to de-mystify this term a bit, and explain how location should play into your selection of plants.

Caring for your plants

Advice on how to care for your plants.

How to Force Bulbs

It’s Easier Than You Think

How to Plant and Grow Bulbs

Bulbs are easy to plant as long as you follow some basic guidelines.

WFF Forced Bulb Collection Guide

Many spring-flowering bulbs can be tricked or "forced" into bloom indoors

Tomatoes: How to Grow

It helps to understand the common terminology used to describe their growth habits.

Best Soil for Tomatoes

When it comes to growing tomatoes, it seems every gardener has an opinion about how to get the biggest and best harvest.


As with all vegetables, homegrown Cucumbers taste so much better than those you can find at the grocery store.