We care very much that your plants have the best chance of providing a full crop and therefore provide the following advice:
For all hardy plants including all varieties of artichoke, asparagus, broad bean, beetroot, brassicas, lettuce, alliums, carrots, radish, spinach, parsley, coriander, chard, sweet peas:
1. Please un-pack immediately. If the plants are dry stand them in a shallow dish of water for 2 minutes. Plants may have lost some peat from the roots, this is normal and will not affect the plant growth once potted on.
2. Plants may loose colour due to lack of light, this is normal, they will start to change back to normal once you have potted them on. If for some reason you have to delay planting out, place the plants upright in a sunny position I.e. a windowsill or conservatory.
3. Note—Any multi sown plugs must NOT be split apart this will slow the growth, always plant as a bunch. (excluding sweet peas)
4. Planting— Ideally you need to plant these on as soon as possible! Once your garden has been dug over and is prepared for the young plants, make a hole, place the plug inside, up to the peat level of the plug making sure you don’t bury it and fill in with soil and water. Once planted make sure you protect from slugs and snails and only water when the soil dry's out. (Mini plugs can be grown on in a small pot to establish more before planting in final position)
(Please refer to the variety label supplied with the plugs, and our website for information on spacing's, soil preferences and individual growing instructions.)
Non Hardy plants
For non hardy plants such as all varieties of french/climbing/runner beans, basil, celeriac, celery, cucumbers, courgettes, fennel, marrows, peppers/chillies/aubergines, squash, sweetcorn, tomato's
Follow points 1 to 3 as above.
1. Planting –These will need to grown on, indoors in pots until all frosts have finished. (cucumbers need to be kept at a minimum of 17°C)
2. Hardening off— Once all frosts have gone, you need to acclimatize your plants to the outdoors, this is done by slowly introducing them, start by leaving them outside in the daytime and bringing them in for the cooler nights, until it warms up.
3. Planting out— Follow instructions in point 4 above