Now you’re ready to remove the plant from its pot. Grasp the stem firmly, hold the container in the other hand and tug it free.
Try to avoid damaging the roots. However, if they have grown through the bottom of the pot, you may have to trim them off.
If a plastic pot won’t release, you can always cut it off with a pair of sharp garden secateurs.
Next, use your hands to tease out the roots. Gently pull them out so they are not all clumped together in a pot-shape. The roots of pot-bound plants grow round in circles rather than down and out.
Place the plant in the centre of the hole. Aim to have the soil level on the root ball at the same level as the surrounding soil. The plant will struggle if it is planted higher or lower than this level.