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December planting

Hi all!

I am lucky enough to have some time on my hands and I am keen to make the most of it and plant out several perennials that I have had in pots for at least two years.  I have cleared borders and top dressed with this year's container compost but now I am concerned that I have left it too late.

What advice does anyone have?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922

    It is fine to plant perennials at almost any time as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Having said that, if it were me I would probably wait until Spring, especially if they slightly tender perennials.

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  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Might as well wait until March time now as the whole point of planting in Autumn isso roots can get established in the still warm soil, weather getting colder and wetter now. Although your roots are already established, wind rock and frost could force the plant out of the ground again.  I would add some bonemeal and fork the root ball as well to make sure the roots get out into the soil and get off to a good start when it does warm up.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    I'd plant now. Or any time through the winter when it feels nice out there. Not frozen or waterlogged but otherwise go for it. They'll be better in the soil than pots with a few exceptions and grow in warm spells through to spring

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes North East Derbyshire Posts: 2,058

    I agree. Get them in the ground asap as long as it's not waterlogged or frozen. They'll be pot bound I expect, so possibly try to ease their rootballs, but very gently.

    I've just spent the last 2 days planting up an enlarged bed created by the collapse in last weeks' gales of 2 6ft trellis panels. Digging it over the soil was good to work in. The recent rain will help things to settle in nicely. image J.

  • Thank you everybody - I have started planting and the plants are looking very happy!

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