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When to plant out perennial plug plants

Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68
Hi everyone, I'm doing a new border March time and think I'm going to go with jparkers plug perennials as getting 100+ plants and it's cost efficient is mid-end of March a okay time to be planting them out I think jparkers already harden them off I would assume so as nothing says otherwise I got loads from them all wee mighty plugs last year some came up good a 3cm black knight hollyhock grew to a 8ft masterpiece but alot not so good I planted them late Feb/March last year think the cold/frost might have got them, when is the best time to plant Eremurus? I was going to dig up my daffs late March/april and replace with eremurus and giant alliums? Thanks guys & gals. Sam


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I wouldn't plant out any plug plants - even the biggest kind - till late spring/early summer at least. I'd have potted them on before that too, so that they were in 3 or 4 inch pots. Too many losses otherwise.

    Is there a reason why you're lifting the daffs to put in alliums etc? You can plant allium bulbs in and around the daffs.  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68
    Okay thank you I'll get them little later and pot on then plant out once they fill out a 3inch pot image I only have a wee garden lack of space so I need to take out spring bulbs once they have flowered and replace with summer tubers/bulbs or gaps in my border during the season
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I wouldn't plant them till the autumn. The plugs jparkers supply are very very small. It would take a full summer for them to develop sufficient root systems to survive a winter. Eremurus need a base of grit 2-3 inches deep and planted very shallow to produce flowers. Even then they take a year to establish properly. If you get them now, you'll have to give them very good protection. You're better off buying bigger 2ltr perennials and splitting them. J Parker's don't have a good reputation when supplying plug plants anyway. Bulbs and shrubs maybe but not plugs.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,366

    I wouldn't choose eremurus if it's another thing to dig up every year.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68
    Okay I'll go with Jacksons nurseries they seem good sized plants and quite cheap and big enough to flower in first season unlike jp plugs, if I don't get eremurus what other bulbs for summer are good? I was thinking giant alliums to I add dahlias to in may time. Thanks Sam
  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68
    Hiya I'd love Lillies but we have 7 cats which all love playing in the border making tunnels Ive got few pollen free lillies to plant spring time but the choice of pollen free lillies isn't a large choice I use jparkers for them, think I'll add few more giant alliums and pollen free lilies not sure what else as don't want to put herbaceous/shrubs in empty spots as they are my daff,tulip,hyacinths space for nice spring time display and once they Done I replace with summer bulbs/tubers . Yeah defo going to go with Jacksons good sized cheap plants that will hopefully flower on first season unlike jp plugs which may take abit longer. Thanks Sam
  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68
    And that makes them safe for cats? Just that simple remove the stamens? sorry for all questions I'm a 2nd year apprentice Gardener still learning I find with horticulture you learn more everyday and I want to learn everything I can really enjoying it big difference coming from a fisherman to a Gardener! Thanks Sam
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