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Planting A Vireya

Start to plant your vireya by simply removing the sod in the planting location to twice the diameter of the plant's container. Scape up roots and any large rocks. If the soil has a high clay content place a non-degrading drainage layer such as crushed gravel into the depression. Do not dig deeper to accomodate the drainage layer. Examine the root ball after removing the plant from its container. If roots are dense and tight against the interior of the container, break them up. Pot bound vireya roots often encircle the root ball, especially at the top. Gently tear or cut the roots at the top. Along the side vigorously rub a gloved hand over the root surface to create a rough surface. Alternatively, using a knife cut four to eight slices vertically. The bottom of a container is also often congested with roots. Sometimes, working from the bottom up, encircling roots can be separated and straightened by teasing and shaking the root ball. Otherwise the bottom inch of roots can be simply cut off. With pruners cut any thick, dangling clumps of roots. Place the sad looking root ball (it's really OK!) on the bottom of the shallow hole. Prop the root ball up with your mulch, pushing it underneath the ball to fill any air pockets. Your mulch could be any of a number of materials. Here in Hawai'i Madame Pele has offered us an abundance of small cinder that works very well. Most commercial organic mulches created from composted plant materials, and some non-organic materials such as our cinder, should work well. The mulch should be fairly coarse to allow water to drain quickly, but at the same time retaining water within the mulch material. Do not use anything with a high fertilizer content such as chicken manure without diluting it considerably. Continue to cover the root ball with your mulch, packing it in as necessary to eliminate air pockets. At the end you should have a more or less domed pile of mulch with the root ball surface exposed at the top. Water the mulch well and in a few days apply some commercial time release fertilizer at about half strength just outside the circumference of the root ball. If the weather is warm watering every day for a few days is a good idea.

Remove Sod
Remove Sod
Shallow Hole Twice Container Size
Shallow Hole Twice Container Size
Remove plant
Remove plant
Pot Bound Roots
Pot Bound Roots
Break Roots Encircling Top
Break Roots Encircling Top
Scratch Outside of Root Ball
Scratch Outside of Root Ball
Break Up Bottom Encircling Roots
Break Up Bottom Encircling Roots
Firmly Set In Shallow Hole
Firmly Set In Shallow Hole
Prop Up With Mulch
Prop Up With Mulch
Roots Are OK!
Roots Are OK!
Fill With Mulch
Fill With Mulch
Finished With A Border
Finished With A Border