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All You Need To Know About Garden Ready Plants

Garden ready plants:
Garden Ready Plants

Garden Ready Plants measure approximately 6–10cm in height from the root of the plant to the top of the stem

Just like plug plants, garden ready plants are an excellent value for money way of filling your garden with colour.   Garden ready plants are larger and more advanced than plug plants.  They are small but well rooted plants which are raised in cellular trays.

One of the advantages of garden ready plants is that there is no root disturbance when the plants are potted on.  Garden ready plants are easy to look after.  They are ‘Garden ready’ plants.  They can be planted directly into pots and hanging baskets, but of course cannot be put outdoors until the risk of frost has passed.

When you receive our garden ready plants they will measure approximately 6-10cm in height from the root of the plant to the top of the stem.  Our Garden Ready Plants are great value with offers starting at £9.99 for 50 plants PLUS 20 FREE.   Cost per plant is from less than 15p each – fantastic value!  And all garden ready plants come with FREE delivery.

An example of a garden ready plant with good roots

An example of a garden ready plant with good roots

We sell a full range of summer and winter flowering garden ready plants.  Summer flowering garden ready plants are sold in the Spring.    They are despatched at the end of March to the end of May – varieties include Geraniums, Impatiens, Petunia, Begonia, Antirrhinum, Pansy, Lobelia and more.  Most varieties will flower from May through to the first frost.

We sell winter flowering garden ready plants in the autumn. These are despatched in mid August to October. Varieties include Wallflower, Primrose, Pansy, Viola, Sweet William, Polyanthus and more.  Most varieties will flower from the autumn through to the spring and bring much-needed colour to your winter garden.

When your garden ready plants arrive:

Our plants are carefully packed in sturdy boxes

Our plants are carefully packed in sturdy boxes

Trays hold 72 plants so when your plants arrive there may be one or 2 empty cells, however rest assured you will have received at least, and probably more than the number of plants you ordered.

  • Upon arrival, keep trays indoors in a well-lit, draught free area for 24 hours.
  • If the compost is a little dry, stand the tray in shallow water.  If unable to water from beneath, spray water lightly over the tray, and then place in a position where there is adequate airflow to dry the excess water from the leaves.
  • Once the compost is moist allow the tray to drain.
  • There may be some loose compost or a slight yellowing of the leaves which is a consequence of the plants being shipped.  This will not affect the condition of the mature plants.

Growing on:

  • Water the plants 1-2 hours prior to growing on.
  • Gently remove the garden ready plants from the tray by pushing up from the bottom using a pencil or something similar.
  • Transfer the plants into small pots or seed trays filled with good multi purpose compost.
  • Water the plants well once, and then do not water again until the compost is nearly dry or the plants are wilting.
  • Place the plants in a warm well-lit area but out of direct sunlight.
  • Apply a liquid fertiliser after 2-3 weeks.
  • If there is a risk of frost – pot on the plants and keep them inside until the risk of frost has passed.

Planting out:

  • Once the risk of frost has passed your bedding plants can be planted outside.
  • Harden off the plants prior to planting out, by placing the plants outside during the day and bringing in at night for 2 weeks.
  • Water plants 1-2 hours prior to planting out
  • Once planted water the plants well.
  • To establish the growth of young plants, it is important that you water regularly especially during dry sunny spells and again in late evening.
  • If after planting out there is a risk of frost, cover the plants at night with an old sheet.

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