Ordering and Installation Guide
Kurapia plugs are grown by the industry legend Takao Nursery. They send out high-quality plants for our customers. Be sure to contact them if you’d like to add other plants from Takao Nursery to your order (after ordering your Kurapia with us).
Getting ready for your Kurapia Order
Before you order Kurapia, it’s a good idea to prepare your site. While Kurapia is very easy to plant and adapts to almost any situation easily, here’s a few tips we recommend before ordering and installing.
Look at your space: Is it going to get sunlight? We suggest your area get at least.
Weed Control: First, be sure to note that once Kurapia is established, it’s very hard for weeds to compete with it. However, once you purchase our plugs, they need a little help to get established, and eliminating weeds will help them get their foothold.
- Water the weed seeds! If your area hasn’t been exposed to water for a little while, or if it’s been recently rototilled (not recommended), there are more than likely both annual and perennial weed seeds waiting for a chance to grow. The best way to get rid of these weeds is to water the area, let the seeds germinate, then remove with a weeder (either a spray or using a hula hoe)
- Use a preemergent! Weeds are a constant battle, since plants don’t like to do what they’re told. You will always have weed seeds wander in from the air and sometimes just emerge from the soil as water and winds move things around. So a good preemergent after planting will help keep your plants from going up against new weeds.
Kurapia plugs are very easy to install. You can use a trowel, a shovel, spade, or a 2” auger (it’s like a drill for the soil) to give a nice two inch wide opening to fit the plugs into. After installed, give a good deep watering to give the plugs a good
Soil Amending: Unlike some other plants, you don’t need to mix compost or planting soils with the plugs. So there’s little need to prepare your soil with a topsoil or planting mix. You can apply a thin layer (1 inch) of finely shredded mulch (like Kellogg’s Topper) to give the surface of the soil a little extra moisture for the kurapia to spread out into. This is totally unnecessary, but it’s a nice additional step some of our customers have used to give the Kurapia a little boost.
Fertilizer: When the Kurapia arrives to your home, you’ll find the plants green and lush, ready to be planted. However, freshly planted plugs from the trays are going to need a little time to adapt to your soil and get their roots growing. So, don’t use liquid fertilizers on your plants except for ones made specifically for transplanting (such as B-1 fertilzers), but it’s not necessary.
In the first few months you can use a slow time release fertilizer to help the plant’s leaf growth, root development, and overall plant health. A good time released balanced fertilizer or a organic treatment will work best. These should give the plants all the additional nutrition not found in the soil. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog as we test the most popular fertilizers and make our recommendations!