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.
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.