KSV Spring Grape Starter Kit (click on pic for video)
General Planting Instructions and Steps:
1. Prepare location and dig hole at least 30% larger than the grow bag your plant arrived home in. Place soil you removed from hole minus rocks, sticks, grass, and grass roots alongside to be used to fill the void between the soil that transferred over from the grow bag to the hole.
2. Using a box opener, sharp knife or even utility scissors, cut down four sides from top of bag down to the bottom.
3. Carefully place you hand(s), shovel, board or whatever you'd like to use to preserve the existing soil in the bag and transfer it over into the hole. Do not worry if even a majority of the soil falls away. Just try to have it fall away into your hole.
4. A very good rule of thumb is to prepare a Miracle Grow (10-20-10) granular mix (1/2 strength) n one gallon container of water. Have it ready. When the grow bag has been removed and the plant is in place, however, additional soil has not been added carefully irrigate with the mixture around the edge of the plant in the hole. This should saturate the end root structure of the plant and really encourage overall growth, right from the start.
5. Fill the void with leftover soils, but use a portion of it to create a soil "dam" around the entire edge of the planting. The dam should be high and thick enough to contain at least 1.5 gallons of water.
6. Compact the soil with hands or feet. Basically you want to compress it hard enough so that there are no air pockets left between the roots and the soil.
7. Add 1/2 cup of 10-10-10 around the perimeter of the plant making sure that your application of the fertilizer is at least 12 inches from main trunk or shoot.
8. All that's left to do now is water it. You can give a fruiting plant too much water the first year. It is starving for your attention too. It makes for a good chance to really get to know something that should be providing you and your family with some delicious products within a very short period of time. You should plan on watering it every other day for the first two weeks and then twice a week through the remainder of the summer hot months. You can stop watering it as of October, unless it has been incredibly dry.
9. If you ever have questions about tending to your KSV plant please do not hesitate to reach out for help. That's what we love to do!