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.
Looking for a quick fix for those gaps in your flower beds or baskets? Our top quality maxi plug plants are a great way to grab a range of flowers to create a beautiful summer display for bargain prices.
In this blog post, we will be sharing our maxi plug planting guide, from plug sizes to our planting tips, that will fill your garden with beauty this summer.
What Size are Maxi Plugs?
Height: 6-9cm from base of plug to the top of the foliage.
Width: 2.2 cm at the top of the plug.
Quantity in tray: Available in 33,66 or 132 trays.
Where Can I Plant Them?
Available in an amazing array of varieties, maxi plugs make the perfect partners for pots, containers, borders or window displays. Our Lavender plants are perfect for growing fragrant pots for the patio or why not try planting a carpet of Verbena for a vibrant border.
How Do I Plant Maxi Plugs?
Learn how to get the best from Maxi plug plants with our step-by-step planting guide:
On arrival, give them a little water (if required) and light and they will be ready to plant within 48 hours.
Pot up the plugs for a number of weeks (minimum of two-three).
Once the roots become established, plant out into final position ( Only plant outside when all risk of frost has passed).
Water regularly and make sure soil does not become too dry.
Cut back in spring when new shoots emerge from the base of the plant
Lift your spirits in the dull days of winter with the bright colours of Primulas. No garden is complete without these cheerful and hardy perennials as they are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and come in every colour imaginable. These easy to grow blooms are perfect any type of garden, whether you need to fill some ground space or adding some wonderful colour to the front of the border.
In this blog post, we will guide you through our favourite Primula varieties, planting tips and aftercare, so that you can grow a rainbow of beautiful Primulas even during those cold, winter months.
Packed with vibrant shades, our ‘Colour Carnival’ are an exciting mixture of bi-coloured Primula. Their fragrant blooms are perfect for attracting pollinators to the spring garden. Easy to grow, robust plants for beds and borders.
Brighten up the winter garden with the bursting brilliant pink hues of Primula ‘Raspberry Punch’.Flowering from January through to April, these cheery flowers will add a kick of colour to borders, pots, or why not plant them en-masse for a real eye-catching feature.
Producing masses of stunning double and semi-double flowers, these blooms almost resemble a miniature rose in the midst of the winter/spring season. From yellows to violet hues, these hardy perennials are ideal for creating a rainbow in the winter border.
A bright and delicate perennial. Our beautiful new ‘Showstopper’ is a pure delight in the late winter garden when their lime tinted cream flowers are on show. Ideal for the border, beds and containers.
Fill the winter garden with the beautiful fragrance of Primula Wanda. Plant them where you can enjoy their scent, such as in patio containers or the front of the border. Wanda is a beautiful mixture of vibrant, ruffled flowers that are perfect for any garden.
These are the smallest plugs we offer and the earliest to be delivered. Exceptional value, we supply these in trays of 120, each robust 4-7cm plug has strong roots.
All our rapid plugs are delivered from March/early April.
They require potting on in a light humid atmosphere at a temperature above 15C while they establish, and can be planted out into their final location once rick of frost has passed, these plugs are supplied at a height of 4-7cm and plug diameter of 1.7cm.
Click on the link below to watch our helpful how to video tutorial with our garden expert Jeff Turner on planting Petunia Frenzy supplied as Rapid Plugs.
These incredibly popular plug high quality plants are grown in Maxi Trays of either 33 or 66 plants, each plant measuring from 6 to 8cm in length, depending on the variety, the plug itself is 3.7cm in height as illustrated.
Our specially designed blister packs are delivered in a specially designed sleeve for added protection to get them to you nursery fresh.
Plant straight away upon arrival into pots or containers. Pot up for a number of weeks (minimum of two-three) and then plant out into final position once the roots have become established. Water regularly and make sure soil does not become too dry. Perfect for pots, containers, borders or window displays. Only plant outside when all risk of frost has passed.
Click to watch our helpful how to video tutorial with our garden expert Jeff Turner on planting Dianthus barbatus / Sweet William supplied as Maxi Plugs.
This year we are introducing a new plug plant option to our budding range, the garden ready plug.
These premium plants are out easiest to grow, and are supplied in trays of 30 at a height of up to 15cm. Each plug plan measures 5cm in diameter. These are delivered individually and later than our Rapid or Maxi Plugs – from mid-May.
They are ready to be planted straight into their final location on arrival. This makes them the best choice for novice gardeners as they don’t require the same time and effort as smaller plugs.
Jumbo Plug Plants
Many of our summer bedding and basket plants are supplied as jumbo plugs, please see in catalogue or in the copy of individual varieties on our website to check this. Where this is the case, you will receive our quality jumbo plugs which are between 7 and 11cm from base to tip, ready for planting straight into baskets, borders and pots.
Please see individual varieties for extra planting tips, but we recommend you plant 3 or 4 in an average 30cm basket or pot and put outside from early May. If the weather is cool on arrival, pot on for 2/3 weeks before transplanting in to a basket outside.