Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are Plantables?
Hello there! We’re Jodi and Adrian, and we’re the husband-and-wife duo behind Plantables (you can think of us as the Sonny and Cher of garden-ready fruits and veggies, if you like).
We remember the first time we tried to grow our first plants, many years ago. And we especially remember how tricky it was to handle the seedling stage, to find the time in our busy schedules to tend to the seedlings and – to be quite honest – work out how to even start growing tasty produce.
So, we thought: we already grow high-quality plants for growers across North America, why don’t we do the same for the green-thumbed gurus who grow (or want to grow) their own fruits and veggies at home?
And that’s what we did.
We started Plantables so that you could get the highest-quality, garden-ready plants planted, propagated and shipped straight to your door!
Q: What size are your plants?
Our plants range in size depending on the variety. The lettuces are roughly 2 inches tall and our tomato, cucumber, pepper plants will be 5-6 inches tall. All of our herbs vary between 4-6 inches.
Q: Are your plants Organic?
Yes, all of our plants are organic and non-gmo! We use organic seed, dirt and fertilizer to grow our seedlings. Our facility is also Organic Certified!
Q: How soon should I plan my Plantables after they arrive?
You know how you feel after a long car journey – you need a bit of space to stretch your legs, a cold drink and a lot of fresh air – your Plantables are exactly the same. But before you grab that spade and start digging, we want you to give your plants some extra love for the next couple of days by allowing them to acclimatize. You can do this easily by placing them on a plate with some water and in dappled shade for 48 hours.
Now go ahead and dig a hole, plant them and give them water daily for the first week and as needed after that. You’ll have happy plants in no time. (And a happy plant means lots of tasty fruits and veggies.)
Q: How do the plants survive transit?
We’re glad you asked! A lot of love went into designing the boxes so that your plants stay protected.
We make sure that they’re well watered before we ship them, so that they’re not gasping for water when they get to you. And, of course, we make sure that they’re only on the road for 3 days (at the most) so they’re safe and healthy when they turn up on your doorstep.
Q: When is the best time of year to plant?
If you are planting outside, you will want to wait until your nightly temps stay above 10°C and the risk of frost has passed. Lettuces and kale are known as cold crops and can handle temperatures as low as 0°C. To make things easy on you, we have added your grow zone to our checkout page to help you determine your ideal planting time.
Q: Can I keep my Plantables indoors until the temperature warms up?
You definitely can! We would recommend putting them in a container in front of the window with lots of sunshine! Keep them moist but not too wet. A 9×13 pan works great for this but anything will work! Your plants will be happy like this for a couple of weeks as long as they are kept moist.
Q: Can I plant herbs indoors?
Herbs grow really well indoors, as long as they get 7 hours of sunlight. For the optimal size, we would recommend planting in an 8-inch pot to allow the plants to grow to a decent size.
Q: What pot size should I be using?
Lettuce, Kale, Green Bean
Mini Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Jalapeno, Determinate Tomato (Pick-a-Tom), Strawberries, Cucamelon
Indeterminate Tomato (all), Zucchini
Growing plants in pots is a great alternative to a traditional garden. Always remember the bigger the plant, the bigger the pot needs to be!
Q: Fertilizer and Soil
When it comes to fertilizing veggies and herbs it’s best to start off by focusing on good soil with lots of organic matter. If you have composted kitchen scraps at home, incorporating and adding this into your soil is one of the best things you can do to provide nutrients to the plants. If you don’t have well-rotted compost at home, you can purchase something like bagged manure at any garden centre or box store, and mix this into your soil.
All vegetables and herbs will get off to a great start this way, and the light feeders (all herbs, lettuces, leafy greens) don’t require any supplemental fertilizing at all beyond this. For the heavy feeders, such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries or anything that provides a fruit, some supplemental fertilizing throughout the season will help give best results. Any general, all-purpose fertilizer will do and you can also find this at any garden centre or box store. Be sure to check the label if you wish to fertilize your plants organically!
Q: Should I water from the base or overhead?
As for the age old debate of watering the leaves vs. the base, some people say that you shouldn’t water the leaves because the droplets will magnify the sun and burn the leaves. This is largely a MYTH and proven untrue every time it rains. Overhead sprinkling is OK, however whenever possible we should avoid overhead watering on leaves in late evening. This is the equivalent of going to bed in a wet blanket, and can introduce fungal diseases to your plants.
Q: How much space will I need?
You will need roughly 1 square foot per plant, give or take some! Lettuce and herbs take up a little less and tomatoes and peppers take a little more. For watermelons, allow about 6 feet in distance between plants and about 6 feet between rows, depending on how many you are planting! Those watermelons are a bit of a garden hog!
Q: Plant Companion
All of our plants do well planted near each other, but you may have to watch if you are adding other plants into your garden as well.
Q: How can I keep rodents and pests out of my garden?
Physical barriers are the only thing that truly works at keeping those unwanted visitors out. Exclusion bug netting, fencing, and chicken wire are a bit of an investment but will pay off over the years. Planting Marigolds in your garden will also help repel some pests!
Q: Types of Bugs
Favourite Plants: Cucumbers, Squash, Pumpkin, Melons, Zucchini
Damage: Holes in leaves, will spread bacterial wilt causing yellow/wilting leaves.
Prevention: Exclusion bug netting, physical inspection and removal, handheld vacuums work great!
Favourite Plants: Kale, Arugula, Asian Greens, Radish, Broccoli, Cabbage, Eggplant, Tomato
Damage: Feeds on foliage, causing tiny holes in leaves.
Prevention: Exclusion bug netting, homemade spray
Favourite Plants: Tomatoes, Peppers
Damage: Complete plant defoliation
Prevention: Physical inspection and removal
Favourite Plants: Squash, Zucchini, Cucumber, Pumpkin
Damage: This insect sucks the sap right out of plants, causing leaves to wilt.
Prevention: Exclusion bug netting, physical inspection and removal, handheld vacuum
Q: Are my plants experiencing transplant shock/sun scorch?
If you have signs of wilting shortly after planting, it could be transplant shock. This happens if you have continuous full sun at the time of planting and the following day or two after. Keep the soil moist and they should bounce back. A great tip for planting, whenever possible, is to wait for 2 days of overcast. This makes it easier on the plant while its roots establish in the new soil.
Q: Do my tomatoes have blossom end rot?
This is a common disorder in Tomatoes and comes from either a lack of calcium in your soil or the inability for the plant to uptake calcium in the soil from irregular watering. Abundant soil phosphorus is important for early high yields. Too much nitrogen causes rampant growth and soft fruits susceptible to rot.
If there are big swings in periods of time that are either too wet, or too dry it can cause the plant to be unable to properly access the calcium in the soil. Blossom End Rot is more likely to happen in containers, since there are less consistent moisture levels.
The rot will not go away once it’s developed on the fruit, but if the affected area is small on the tomato you can still cut off the damage and the rest of the tomato is still edible. You can also choose to pick off these damaged fruits so the plant can focus energy on new healthy growth. It can often be just the first fruits of the season that are affected. Try to avoid long periods of time that are either too dry or too wet for plants. Mulching at the base of the plant can help with moisture consistency.
Q: Can I make changes to my order?
Unfortunately, we cannot make any changes to your order, as our website does not store credit card information. To make any adjustments to your order, we will have to issue a refund and you can replace it with a new order online.
Q: How many plants can I order?
The sky is the limit! Whether you want one box or one hundred boxes, we’ll still grow every single plant with love, care and dedication and ship them to your door.
Q: Where do you ship?
Currently, we are only shipping in Ontario and Quebec via FedEx. Due to COVID-19 and the delays in shipping we have had to make the tough decision to cancel our out of province orders as we cannot guarantee the plants will make the long journey.
Q: How long does it take to ship?
We ship daily during peak spring weeks. You will receive an email with a tracking number during the week you chose to receive your plants. Generally, most orders are received within three days from the time they leave the greenhouse and are delivered via Fed Ex.