After they arrive..
1. When your plants arrive, they are contained in plastic packs and enclosed in a cardboard box.
2. As soon as possible after arrival, remove the packs from the cardboard box, take plants out of the plastic packs and place them in a well-lit and sheltered area out of doors, until you are ready to plant them. If the weather is inclement, try to place in a conservatory, glasshouse or porch.
3. If the compost is a little dry, stand the pots in a tray in shallow water for up to 1 hour. If unable to water from beneath, spray water lightly over the plants with a watering can.
4. Once the compost is moist, allow the pots to drain normally, do not leave them in the water for extended periods.
5. There may be some loose compost or a slight yellowing of the leaves, which is a consequence of the plants being enclosed during dispatch. This will not affect the condition of the plants.
1. Soak the plants 1-2 hours prior to potting or planting.
2. Gently remove the garden ready plants from the pot by pushing up from the bottom using your thumb and squeezing the pot gently at the same time. If roots through the base of the pot are preventing easy removal, these can be cut away without harming the plant.
3. Transfer the plants into larger pots or container trays, filled with good purpose multi-purpose compost if required, or plant out (see below).
4. Water the plants very well once, and then do not water again until the compost is drying or the plants indicate that it is needed.
5. Place the plants in a sheltered, well-lit area, but preferably out of direct sunlight initially.
6. Apply a liquid feed after 2-3 weeks.
1. Water plants 1-2 hours prior to planting out.
2. Dig a hole approximately 3 times the size of the pot and break up the soil which has been removed, with a garden fork. Add some well rotted manure, leaf mould, garden compost or any proprietary multi-purpose compost and mix with the soil removed from the planting hole.
3. Place plant in prepared hole, ensuring that the base of the plant is at ground level, then back fill with soil prepared as above, pressing soil firmly around root ball.
4. Once planted, water the plants very well.
5. To establish the growth of young plants, it is important that you water regularly, especially during dry sunny spells, at least until well established.
6. If after planting out there is a risk of frost, and the plants are tender in nature, cover the plants at night with proprietary fleece or a suspended old sheet may suffice.
7. Feed the plants as required during the growing season.