Plant Care Instructions

We want you to know how to care for your plants once they reach you + SCROLL DOWN to identify your plants!

General guidance

  • When your plants arrive please give them a good water.
  • Read the plant tag or sticker in the pot which will tell you about the plant and what conditions it likes to grow in.
  • If there is no tag please look on our website and try and identify the plant from the list below.
  • Take a look at your space and decide where the sun and shade is.
  • Decide whether you’ll be putting the plant in a pot or in the ground: Our plants will grow in either!
  • To neaten up your plant any flowers that are passed their best can be cut off (deadheaded) this will promote new blooms.
  • If one of the stems is broken cut it before the break to encourage new growth. If there are any brown leaves they can also be cut off.
  • Please ensure your plant isn’t pot bound before planting,(check this site for guidance on pot bound plants)

Potting

  • Choose one that is about an inch wider and deeper than the current one with drainage holes in the bottom.
  • Pot it up using compost or soil if no compost available
  • Water well so it is dripping from the holes at the bottom and keep well watered
  • You may need to water everyday if in sun and a small pot. The soil should stay moist

Planting in the ground

  • If planting in the ground dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the pot, add a couple of handfuls of compost if you have some and dig into soil.
  • Submerge your plant in a bucket of water until bubbles stop
  • Remove plant from pot, checking roots as above
  • Put the plant in hole and backfill with the soil that you dug out and plant so that the top of the root ball is level with the flower bed
  • Water well – a thorough water once a week

House Plants Tips

  • It is important to avoid sun through glass as this can scorch the leaves of tropical plants.
  • Tropical plants require a humid atmosphere. Mist plants daily, or, better, place on a tray of damp gravel, expanded clay granules (Hydroleca) or recycled lightweight aggregate (Hortag). Plants grouped together will create a humid micro-climate around their leaves.
  • Avoid overwatering as this can lead to root death and collapse of the plant
  • Let the surface of the compost dry a little before applying more water at room temperature. Allow the plant to take up water as it is needed or allow excess to drain away. Do not let the plant sit in water- make sure there are draining holes in the pot. Including a small amount of gravel inside the pot (at the base) before repotting is also another way to promote the health of the root system.

Annuals and perennials

The information on the card will tell you whether it is an annual or perennial. Annuals will die at end of year and on the whole won’t survive the winter unless it’s very mild. Perennials will die back but come back every year so don’t get rid of them, wait for spring and they will reappear.

This weeks plants

THE SHRUBS

   Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ , Hebe Franciscana blue gem

           

Spiraea japonica ‘Firelight’ , Lavandula Angustifolia

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    Lavandula Angustifolia

             

THE 3L POTS

Echinacea Green Jewel, Phlox Paniculata

Rudbekia Goldstrum, Penstemon ‘Juicy Grape’

Helenium Moerheim Beauty, Anemone ‘Ruffled Swan’

THE SHADE LOVERS

THE BEE KEEPERS PACK

This weeks plants 16/6

See the below pictures of this weeks selection in case a care card is not present.

 

Plant Index

RIBES SANGUINEUM

  • Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped
  • solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer
  • followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries.
  • Easy to grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Useful for informal hedging
  • Pruning: trim hedges after flowering

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ESCALLONIA GOLDEN CARPET

  • An exciting new reliable and compact growing form with bright golden foliage over pale red stems.
  • Pretty red flowers are borne mid to late summer.
  • Hardy and perfect for containers or front of border
  • Hardy to -12
  • Evergreen
  • Slightly spreading 50cm high x 100cm wide
  • Prefers well drained soil in sun or partial shade

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BERBERIS ORANGE SUNRISE

  • This great new variety has orange-red young shoots which turn darker red with a bright yellow margin as it ages in summer
  • Hardy to -20
  • Deciduous
  • Upright habit 1.5m x 0.5m
  • Prefers well drained soil full sun or partial shade

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ATHYRIUM METALLICUM

  • Known as the Japanese painted fern, this is a deciduous fern with a silver variegation on grey-green fronds. Sometimes flushed with purple and red.
  • Hardy to -12
  • Deciduous
  • Compact habit 45cm x 50cm
  • Prefers moist fertile soil in part sun to full shade