Planting A Seedling Outdoors
Dig a hole that is deep enough and wide enough for the roots to spread out. Make a small mound of soil in the center of the hole.
Your seedling should be placed in the hole on the small soil mound. Its root collar should be just below the edge of the hole. The roots should be spread out over the center of the mound. (The root collar is where the roots and stem come together.)
Toss some soil into the hole and add water. This will help prevent air spaces.
Fill the hole with the rest of the soil until it is even with the ground level. Be sure the seedling does not settle into the hole too deeply. Carefully pull it up to meet the ground level.
Press the soil down with your hands or feet to be sure there are no air pockets left in the hole.
You can make a small hill of earth all around your seedling. It is called a berm. It will catch and hold water.