A great way to get ahead in the garden, our latest post is full of useful information for anyone who wants to understand a little more a bit more about plug plants.
What is a plug plant?
They are basically a young plant. A seedling or cutting that has been sprouted and grown in a small cell. They are ready to plant and have been nurtured through propagation and their early stages of growth. The best way to think about them is as a halfway house between a seed and a fully grown plant.
Why choose a plug plant?
They take away the waiting for seeds to germinate so you can order and plan when to plant. You can get great results and don’t have to take the risk of buying seeds that don’t germinate.
When should I buy plug plants?
Summer flowering plug plants are available to pre-order now and will be dispatched from the end of February to the end of April, depending on the plant.
What size do they come in?
Mini plugs are available from the end of February, these need the most care and time to grow in trays or pots. Standard plugs come next and require potting and growing on for a month or so if you want to use them as filler plants for beds and containers. Garden-ready plugs can be planted out straight away, if it’s warm enough, but can also be grown on for a few weeks in a large pot, for sturdier roots
How to grow plug plants.
- Unpack them carefully as soon as they arrive.
- Place them somewhere warm so they can acclimatise – a warm window sill is ideal or pop them in the greenhouse if you have one.
- Leave them to settle for a few hours.
- Water them, use tap water and let them sit in it so they can soak up what they need.
- You should aim to plant them on the day they arrive. Use a good quality compost, we stock one on our website. Bulrush Peat Free Multi-Purpose Compost
- They should be planted in pots that are clean; a 13cm pot is ideal.
- Fill your pots with compost, stopping about 1cm from the top of the pot.
- Make a hole in the centre and make sure you handle your plug plant carefully, pop it into the hole.
- Firm the compost lightly around the plug plant and water gently.
- Keep them in a warm, well-lit place and start feeding them with a plant feed at about 3 weeks.
- Plant them out as per your individual plant instructions.
Can you plant plug plants straight into hanging baskets?
Slightly larger plug plants can be used but don’t forget they still need to be acclimatised so keep them warm in trays until it is time to plant them out.
Which plants can I buy as plug plants?
We have a huge variety of plug plants available to pre-order on our website, including Begonias, Snapdragons, Geraniums, Fushias, Verbenas and Petunias, you can view all our plug plants here
How can I find out more about planting plug plants?
We suggest you take a look at these great videos from Gardeners World https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-on-plug-plants/