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Planting out T&M plugs

jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 429
Hi all, I availed of the 72 plug offer from Thompson Morgan and most are growing well now. There is Achilles, coreopsis, foxglove, delphinium, aster, gallardia, droconium, echinacea, aquilegia, gaura, verbena. Sorry if spelling is wrong 😅

The roots have filled some of 9/10cm pots and was thinking of planting some of these out soon or would it be best to overwinter the slug prone perennials until next year? I just thought they might do better to get established in ground now for next year.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,164
    They look a little on the small side to plant out to me, with the possible exception of the achillea .
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 429

  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 429
    Thanks, yeah coreopsis and achillea doing the best so far. I was going to risk the 3 of each of those to test it :smile: Foxgloves maybe too.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,164
    Foxgloves are pretty tough, although if you could wait a couple more weeks l would (just my personal opinion though).
    The slug prone ones l would maybe pot on and get toughened up. The more roots they have the better, stronger plants mean they are better able to fight off predators. 
    You  could risk a couple as a sacrifice! 
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 429
    Thanks AnniD. I will wait another month and see how they are getting on. Will do the same for my other Foxgloves I'm growing from seed. Pretty impressed with their growth from when I received them though. They were tiny  :)
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I would wait until the end of September to plant them out.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,453
    Nice to see something positive from T&M plants .
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 429
    Wow they look tiny now compared to today. Planted them all out today after all this recent rain. I had potted up most into 2 litte pots and most looked very healthy with lots of roots. Was very impressed with the growth in last month. Hope they all survive the winter and bring lots of colour next year. Quite impressed with T&M plugs tbh.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,346
    There a few in your collection that may not come up next year, delphiniums, some don’t survive the first winter if they are small,  I would have put them out next Spring, but as you have, then you must do something about slugs, the minute they start to shoot they will be chewed off, as with the Echinacea.
    I don't plant out  any of the small plugs out until the following Spring, but let’s hope you’re successful.  
    Good to hear T & M have done well .
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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