CONTAINER GROWN PLANTS

Available all year round

The advantage of container grown plants is that they are well established and do not need to be planted immediately. All our container grown plants have a slow release fertilizer added to them at the time of potting. This means they usually will not need feeding for six months or so. As a general rule- the larger the pot size, the bushier the plant.

If not planting immediately, keep well watered. Do not allow the plants to dry out.

Planting: Dig a trench, roughly twice the width of the container. Set the topsoil to one side. Remove the pots. Most of our plants come in poly-pots. The best way to remove these is to use a sharp implement to make a slit vertically along the side of the pot. Then gently separate the plant from the pot. Place the plants in the hole and backfill with a mixture with lose soil and compost mixed. Firm in gently. Water well.

ROOTBALLED PLANTS

Available October to March

Root balled plants have been lifted from the ground along with some of the soil surrounding the roots and are contained in a Hessian sack. An advantage to choosing root balled plants is that, as a field grown plant, they are often bushier than container grown plants. They are, however, only available between the months of October and March.

These plants will need to be planted in the ground as soon as possible, ideally within five days of delivery. During this time before planting, it is important that they are treated with care.

Keep the root ball moist but do not soak as this will wash away the surrounding soil. A hose with a mist attachment is ideal. The plants should be kept cool but frost free. A garage, greenhouse or shed are all good places to store them prior to planting. However, if they have to be kept outside, cover the root ball with moist newspaper, straw, plastic or fabric sheeting.

Planting: Dig a trench, roughly twice the width of the root ball. Set the topsoil to one side. DO NOT REMOVE THE HESSIAN SACKING. The plant roots will grow through the sacking which will provide the root system with extra support. Place the plants in the hole and backfill with lose soil and compost mixed. Firm in gently. Water well.

Water weekly during periods of little rain fall.

BARE ROOT PLANTS

Available October to March

This is certainly the cheapest way to purchase plants, although bare root are only available between the months of October and March. These plants have been lifted from the ground with any surrounding soil shaken off. The interval between lifting and replanting should be as short as possible. If you are unable to plant immediately follow these simple instructions.

Protect the plants from cold winds or strong sunshine. Keep in a cool, frost free place such as a greenhouse, shed, garage or porch. Keep the roots moist. Cover them with damp straw or newspaper or plunge into a heap of moist compost.

Planting: Dig a trench. Set the topsoil to one side. Place the plants in the trench, carefully fanning out the roots. Back fill with the lose topsoil and compost mixed. Firm in gently so as not to damage the roots. Water well.

Water weekly during periods of little rain fall. Do not allow the plants to become sodden.

We are confident in the quality of our plants, however, we cannot guarantee every single plant. The success depends very much on how carefully you follow the above instructions. If you have any problems, please do get in touch and we will do our best to rectify any problems.