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Garden plants Care Guide

(VIOLAS, PERSIAN BUTTERCUPS, DIANTHUS, BELLIS, FORGET-ME-NOT, PRIMULAS)

*Dianthus: Most dianthus flowers are easy to grow and can thrive in a range of conditions. They bloom best when given plenty of sun, but they don't like the high heat of mid-summer. Deadheading and some cutting back after the first bloom help to ensure a second bloom later in summer or early in the fall. Read more on: https://www.thespruce.com/perennial-dianthus-flower-1316045

*Persian Buttercup: Persian buttercups prefer a planting site that gets full sun (at least six hours of sunlight on most days) to grow and bloom best. Once the plants are established, they prefer moderately moist soil, so water only when the soil begins to dry out. Persian buttercups prefer cool spring weather and will begin to go dormant once summer temperatures pass 32 degrees. Read more on: https://www.thespruce.com/ranunculus-bulbs-for-cutting-garden-1315714

*Violas: Grow in Full sun to part shade (sunlight needs vary by species)
Will flower over a long period of time, if you deadhead spent blooms regularly. Water regularly if growing in containers. Find more on: https://www.thespruce.com/growing-violas-1402895

*Bellis perennis or the English daisies do well with four to six hours of sunlight per day. In hotter zones, a break from the afternoon sun will keep them blooming longer. Provide rich, loamy soil with good drainage. They need regular watering to stay in bloom. Cool, moist soil keeps plants perky, as long as the plants don't have wet feet from soggy conditions. Read more on: https://www.thespruce.com/english-daisy-plant-overview-4767251

*Primula vulgaris (Primrose): Grow in moist, free-draining, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is kept consistently moist. Find more on: https://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/primula-vulgaris

*Forget-Me-Not or Myosotis sylvatica: At the southern end of its range, give forget-me-not some afternoon shade. In the North, provide it with full sun. Give forget-me-not a well-drained soil. Forget-me-not tolerates wet soil. At the very least, it needs to be grown in soil kept evenly moist. Read more on: https://www.thespruce.com/forget-me-not-plant-profile-4799948

IMMEDIATE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

-Ensure plants are watered - despite the cold they still need H20 (You should do enough to avoid the soil being dry, use your finger to check)

-Think about placement of the plants: while they can tolerate winter temperatures they should be places somewhere they won't be too exposed to high winds and which offer some protection.

-You can pot up these 10.5cm plants to planters or leave them in pots for now.

Ensure you have some compost for your pot/planter. Ensure you have planned out the locations of the plants in the planter, leaving some space between them for further growth (if that is desired) or having them closer together if you would like a tighter display of plants.

Plan the required height of the potting compost to have the top of the plants peeking out the pot/planter and lay some compost to that level.

Prepare the plants by checking if they are pot bound first. See photo below and the link here for more details. Not to worry if so, this just means the roots need to be trimmed with a knife or scissors to ensure good continued growth. To do so, take a knife or scissors and cut vertically through the roots which have wrapped themselves around the plant, you  can then unfurl the roots with your fingers.  The aim is to have roots free to grow outwards once replanted rather than continuing to grow in rings. You won't harm the plant by trimming roots in this way.

Lay your plants (removed from their pots) out on the leveled compost in the pot/planter. Put the remaining compost around them to the top of their root ball so that only the plant itself is visible. Once all plants are in place, ensure the plants are securely surrounded by compost, adding a small final top layer as needed to do so. Water the planter well.