Many alpine plants are relatively low maintenance and easy to look after. Growing the plants in the right conditions will give them a good start and help prevent any problems. This includes either providing a suitable compost or good ground preparation.
When you receive your alpine plants carefully unwrap them from the packaging. We transfer the plants into compostable cardboard plant pots for delivery, to avoid single use plastics. They will be alright for several days in these, but they are not long term pots. Give the plants a good water and stand in a cool shaded place after their journey.
When planting in open ground, prepare the soil well, incorporating materials such as horticultural grit for drainage as necessary. Set out your plants in the desired positions. Even if you have made a planting plan for the plants, they often need moving around to find the best positions. Consider how tall the plants will grow and how spreading they are. Although none of the alpines reach a great height, you still need to consider height when arranging them, and how they will look with the other plants. Also think about when they flower and their colours. You may want a bed that has interest for a particular season, or you may wish to have something that provides different interest throughout the seasons.
When you are happy with the positions of the plants, use a trowel to dig a hole that will comfortably fit the plant. Should you be planting in an established bed, make sure the individual area for the plant is well prepared beforehand. The depth of any top dressing to be added afterwards must be considered for the depth of planting. You do not want to plant too deep so that the foliage is covered with grit or gravel when spreading this afterwards. The plants don't want to be too high either, otherwise the roots will dry out.
Carefully remove the plant from the pot. We pot on regularly and use square pots to encourage the roots to go down, so you should not have any problems with roots circling. However, some may be more vigorous, so check whether any roots need gently teasing out. Place in the planting hole and firm in with your hands. After top dressing as required, water in well around the base of the plant.