How to Plant a Sapling

“Plants are like people. When they get proper nutrition, they look happy and healthy. But if they look dry and withered, they may need more care.” - Vishweshwar, Gardener, WWF-India

  1. Register and collect saplings - here’s a list of places you can collect saplings from.
  2. Select an area where you would plant the sapling – try to choose an open area that is easily accessible and near you – this way you would be able to watch over the little sapling, helping it grow into a tree! This area should be away from building sites and other kinds of obstructions.
  3. Dig out - dig a deep and wide pit in the ground, two to three times the size of the root ball of the sapling.
  4. Plant the sapling - gently remove the plastic wrapping/shield from the root ball and place the plant gently into the center of the pit. Be careful not to drop the plant!
  5. Fill the pit with soil - once the sapling is in place, hold it firmly with one hand and gently but evenly fill the pit with soil.
  6. Water the sapling - once the pit is covered, pour some water to moisten the soil. Make sure the top soil is neither too dry nor too wet!
  7. Feed your plant - regularly water the plant, provide manure when need be and weed out unwanted growth whenever you notice it.

Don’t forget to tell us about your saplings and how they are growing! Tag @WWFIndia and mention #AdoptATree in your tree photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and send us your photos so we can share them with the world!