How to Plant Begonias

Originating from subtropical and tropical climates, begonias are the perfect plant for a long-lasting display of showy, exotic flowers. With spring planting season coming up, discover the best times for planting begonias, as well as our top tips on how to plant them in beds, baskets and pots.

When to plant tubers

A tuber is an enlarged storage organ that grows beneath the soil surface. They are super easy to plant and easy to care for. Start growing begonia tubers in early spring, between March and April.

When to plant begonia plants

Plant begonia plug plants outdoors in late spring after the soil has warmed up and all danger of frost has passed.

How to plant begonias in beds and borders

For tubers:

  • Plant tubers 5-7.5cm (2-3in) deep in fertile well-drained soil and in a sunny, sheltered position.
  • Space tubers 2cm (¾in) apart and 2.5cm (1in) deep.
  • As a general rule, plant out in the garden once danger of frost has passed.

For plugs:

  • Plug plants require potting and growing on for a month or so if you want filler plants for beds and containers.
  • Pot on into larger pots as soon as possible.
  • Place them in a well lit, ventilated and reasonably warm such as a greenhouse or windowsill to grow on.
  • Once the plants have rooted into the compost, and the risk of frost has passed, your plugs are ready for planting out in the garden.
  • Simply dig a whole wide enough to hold the plug plant, place the plant inside the hole and cover the edges with soil.
  • Finally, gently firm the plug into the hole and water.

How to plant begonias in baskets & pots

For tubers:

  • Fill the pot or basket with a moist sandy potting compost about 2 inches (5cm) from the top.
  • Place the tuber rounded side down and gently push into the compost, fill the pot to the rim with compost and water in.
  • Try planting three 5/6cm tubers into an average hanging basket or 5 tubers in a 30cm container.

For plugs:

  • Pot plugs on into larger pots as soon as possible.
  • Place them in a well lit, ventilated and reasonably warm such as a greenhouse or windowsill to grow on.
  • When they have grown sufficiently, they will need to be transplanted into pots and slowly hardened off before planting into hanging baskets and pots outside.
  • A rough guide is one plant per inch of hanging basket diameter. This would mean you would need 12 plants to a 12” or 30 cm hanging basket.
  • A 12” pot or patio container will look well filled with 8 rather than 12 plants.

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How to Plant Strawberries

Fresh, delicious and rewarding, strawberries are such a versatile fruit and so easy to grow, making them ideal for beginners, as well as well-versed gardeners. With planting season on the horizon, discover when and how to plant strawberries and grow a bountiful harvest in summer.

When to Plant Strawberries

The optimal time to plant loose-rooted strawberries is between March and April for summer harvests. Whereas potted strawberries can be planted as soon as they arrive in the springtime.

The planting process

Learn how to prepare, plant and grow strawberries with these tips.

  • Plant in a full sun position to produce the largest yields.
  • Strawberry plants like space. Measure out planting holes 35cm (14in) apart. Space rows 75cm (30in) apart. Dig out a hole large enough to accommodate the roots to allow runners to take hold and roots to establish.
  • Spread out the roots of each strawberry plant. In the bottom of the hole, create a mound or hill of soil that is flush with the surrounding soil level. Place the strawberry plant on top of the hill inside the hole, so that the crown is at soil level and spread the roots out down the sides.
  • Finally, fill in the hole. Press to firm the soil around the roots and then water thoroughly.

Top tips

  • If you’ve planted cold-stored runners in late spring to early summer, leave the flowers on. Consequently, these will produce strawberries in 60 days, reverting to their natural cropping period the following year.
  • Mulch the strawberry bed with shredded leaves, pine needles, compost, or straw. This will keep the soil temperature down, mitigates any weed problem, and keeps the fruit cleaner by keeping the strawberries off of the dirt. 

Our Favourite Varieties for Summer Harvests

Strawberry Cambridge Favourite (Mid Season)
Strawberry Honeoye (Early Season)
Super Size Strawberry Elsanta

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Stunning Community Gardens in the UK

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, 2020 saw over 3.5 million taking up gardening for the first time. With this new burst of love for gardening, community gardening is on the rise. They can be used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, provide a place for wildlife, and safe public spaces in urban areas. With hundreds of community gardens popping up around the UK, discover some of our favourite community gardens renowned for their beauty.

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Near Porthtowan in Cornwall, the Mount Pleasant Community Garden has been developed as a flexible, imaginative community resource. The ethos of the space focuses on providing a productive, sustainable and beautiful community space for all to enjoy.

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Since autumn 2010, the Mount Pleasant Community Garden has provided an organic growing space for their local community. Now, along with their large onsite growing space, is a rain water harvesting system, and a composting space and polytunnel. Their fantastic community project focuses on increasing the knowledge and access to healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

A green oasis in the heart of busy Islington. Culpeper Community Garden is one of the most valued green public spaces in the city. Serving as a park and an environmental community project, their organic garden bursts with a rich variety of plants.

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

The organic garden comprises a lawn, ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental beds, vegetable plots, seating and a wildlife area. It also contains 50 plots including 2 raised beds for disabled gardeners. These small gardens are for community groups, children, and for people living nearby who do not have gardens.

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

Martineau Gardens form a therapeutic environment of over two acres of organically maintained land, two miles from the City Centre. The Gardens include a substantial wildlife area, formal gardens, a vegetable plot, an orchard and herb beds.

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

As an oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity, and a destination for an outdoor escape, there are two and a half beautiful acres at this stunning garden worth exploring. The community garden focuses on social inclusivity by promoting volunteers to mix with other people, to join in purposeful activities, and improve their physical fitness and emotional wellbeing.

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How to Plant Plug Plants

Planting plug plants is one of the easiest ways to grow your favourite seasonal blooms. Whether you order Maxi, Rapid, or Garden Ready plugs, each one has a similar process that is quick and easy.

However, if you’re new to gardening then it’s useful to know where and how to start planting your plug plants.

Maxi and Rapid Plugs – Step 1

Our easy to plant plug plants come in trays that are effortless to unpack. For maxi and rapid plugs, it’s important to unpack them and add moisture to the compost before you can plant plug plants outside.

To remove a plant from the tray, use the end of a pencil to gently push it out from the bottom. Give each plug a small pot so that it can retain moisture before potting on after a few weeks if the weather allows.

Maxi and Rapid Plug – Step 2

Add a little compost to each pot, and make a hole in the centre that is slightly bigger than the plug. Pop it in, pat down gently and water tenderly.

It’s best to use a watering can rather than a hose, as they are rather delicate. Keep on a window sill or a sunny greenhouse for 4-5 weeks until it’s time to plant your plug plant in your desired location.

Garden Ready Plugs

If you’ve ordered Garden Ready plugs, these can be planted straight away if the weather allows. However, these can also be put into pots to grow out before planting on if you deem necessary.