The plastic containers you receive your plants in are called rootrainers.

They encourage strong root growth downwards by having grooves in them that the roots follow. They also reduce the chance of root binding.  Each rootrainer contains four plants, a rootrainer is also called a booklet, as they open like a book for planting.

The vast majority of plants should not need their roots teased apart, they can be planted as they are. The occasional older plant may need three or four of the biggest roots teased apart.  You can use your fingers for this or a blunt stick works well too.  Remember the more you tease the roots apart the more stress the plant suffers.

Picking up plants

Two banana boxes contain 160 plants, which will easily fit into the back seat of your car.