Advice would be greatfully appreciated

StillLearningStillLearning Posts: 180

Hi

A couple of weeks ago I purchased some healthy potted plants from a garden centre that was unfortunately closing down. They have been sat waiting patiently to go into the soil - I am itching to get them in and was sorely tempted yesterday with the sunny day we had here in Thame wondered if it is safe to go ahead or should I wait another couple of weeks they are:Rosemary really large bushes (one is starting to look pale) - Hardy Spring Flowering Broom- Agapanthus - Miscanthus Zebra (I have trimmed back last years dead leaves that were around 18" in height - Advice would be greatly appreciated Many thanks Ann

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    If they were outside you  needn't wait for warmer weather. Wet is the problem this year and it depends what your soil's like. I would plant is some parts of my garden, not others. If you dig a hole and it doesn't fill with water and the soil isn't shiny wet you should be OK

  • StillLearningStillLearning Posts: 180

    Hi Nutcutlet they are all sat outside and were outside when I bought them and we are fortunate here that the soil is very damp but not water logged - if I plant them after work tomorrow evening and then give them a dressing of manure this weekend fingers crossed all should be ok?

    Edd - The one Rosemary is looking really sad for herself very pale don't think looking at her she would last till April......(she is a good 20" high) so would be sad to lose her

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    The rosemary will be better in the ground, most things are unless it's the wrong ground or they're not hardy. Don't give the rosemary manure, it won't need any extra moisture holding or feeding. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,199

    I think that sometimes people forget, that if they dont have a greenhouse, then plants outside in pots are often at more risk from frost than if they were planted in the soil.

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  • StillLearningStillLearning Posts: 180

    Hi Punkdoc it was a gamble I was willing to take as the plants were in a closing down sale priced to sell from a National Trust garden centre here that was closing down - I have all the pots cuddled together surrounded in fleece - and they were in an outside area of the garden centre that was not so well protected.......

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Rosemary  does not like having cold wet feet; it needs really well-drained soil.  I would try to plant it at the top of a slope, no matter how slight, and dig out a large hole and incorporate a good quantity of coarse grit into the soil below and around the roots. image

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  • StillLearningStillLearning Posts: 180

    Thanks Dove that's great help it is going in my proposed new herb garden which isn't on a slope so if I give it extra grit should that be ok? image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Unless it's a lot colder where you are than it is here you won't need fleece this year (so far).

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Have a look and see if water is accumulating anywhere - if it is don't plant your Mediterranean herbs, rosemary, thyme, oregano etc, in that spot.  They all need good drainage so make a Mediterranean area and dig in lots of grit and they should be fine.  

    I had to move my rosemary last winter as our newly paved terrace spilled water onto that area - the rosemary and bay are now in terracotta pots on the terrace behind the herb bed. Now I've noticed that the thyme and oregano are also getting the run off from the terrace - I'm going to lift them and put them in a stone trough (with lots of grit and a loam-based compost) - they'll be happier there.  image

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  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

      Oregano has, delightfully, become a weed in this garden.  I had several different kinds in pots, they have all self seeded everywhere, and thrive with no attention whatsoever.  Mind, this garden drains pretty well, which is a good thing this year. 

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