How to plant artificial trees in the ground

In this simple guide, we’ll walk you through the best way to plant an artificial plant or tree directly into the ground. If you have questions after reading or need some specific guidance about the plant you have bought, contact our team.

Topiary tree planted in gravel

Planting an artificial plant or tree directly into a garden border can be a stylish addition. In this guide we’ll walk you through the steps and offer up a few tips and tricks along the way. 

If you’re looking to plant your new faux into a pot, we’ve covered that here. This guide also assumes the plant you’ve bought or are interested in arrives in a starter pot (the plain black pot) that most of our products arrive in. If it’s on a spike you can poke that straight into the ground.

What you’ll need:

You’ll need the following:

And the following tools:

  • A spade or trowel 

Planting instructions:

Actually planting the product in the ground is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps:

Digging hole in gravel
  1. Dig a hole a little deeper and wider than the product's starter pot.

Digging in stones
  1. Partially fill the hole with stones or sand to help with drainage.

Topiary tree sitting in hole
  1. Pop the plant into the hole and check it’s straight (a second person comes in handy here to hold the plant in place).

Topiary tree planted in gravel
  1. Fill around the starter pot with earth and press down to secure it.

Artificial bay laurel tree planted in garden

Top tips & additional information

  • Plant the product on a slight ridge. This will help water drain away from the plant and limit rot. 

  • If the product has a natural wood stem, avoid burying the wood in the soil. It’ll prevent rot and help maximise the lifespan of the product. 

  • Again, for natural wood stemmed products, treat the wood with a clear wood preservative annually to protect the wood from rot. 

Still have questions?

If you have any questions or queries, please contact our team or call us on 0800 9777 589. We’ll be happy to provide tailored advice based on your product and scenario.

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