Many thanks for your order! Your plants have been carefully grown for you in their own individual cells of compost to avoid any root disturbance when you transplant them. Please check them carefully to ensure they are what you ordered and in the condition you’d expect. Please contact us within seven days if there are any problems, our contact details can be found on your despatch note.
What to do First
Unpack them immediately and, if dry, stand them for a few minutes in about 2.5cm (1in) of water until the compost is fully moist again. You may notice a slight yellowing of the foliage or that they look a little drawn but this is quite natural after they have been in a dark box and they will soon recover.
Growing Them On
Your plants have arrived ready for transplanting into their final positions in the garden – they can be planted out straight away (they have already been hardened off at our nursery).
Before planting out, prepare the ground well, removing any perennial weeds. Where the soil is not already fertile, dig in some well-rotted manure or compost and, where it is heavy or inclined to be poorly drained, incorporate plenty of sharp sand or grit.
When you plant make sure the rootballs are thoroughly moist. Then plant with the crowns at about the same level as in the pots and firm the soil into good contact with the roots. Finish off by watering to settle them in.
Keep your plants free of weeds at all times and water well in dry spells until they are fully established. Slugs and snails are a major threat to the young growth of many herbaceous plants and appropriate precautions should be taken.
If you are not ready to plant out straight away, your plants can be potted into 10-15cm pots.
Use any good multi-purpose compost and set each one so that the top of the plug is just below the surface. Tap the pot to settle the compost but do not over-firm.
As soon as you have potted your plants, water them in well. After that wait until the surface of the compost starts to dry before watering again.