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Buying 9cm plants now

Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

I've noticed an offer on a website to buy some rudbeckia black eyed susan in 9cm pots.

I'm looking to introduce these into the garden so seems a cost effective way to do it, however how would I need to look after them once I've purchased them ? I don't have a greenhouse or coldframe.

I'm also assuming I'll be buying 'empty' pots as the plants will be hidden under soil still?

also are they likely to flower this year ?

Thank you as ever for your advice. ximage


  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    ooh great advice thank you Verdun.

    I have other seedlings from last year that I keep next to the house where it is quite protected, may put them in with those, and they can huddle together and keep warm there.

    Where do you get yours from Verdun ?

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I have the space but will have to put it on a wish list, we're still saving to decorate rooms inside and lots of work still to be done on our house image One day...

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    great advice, i was wondering the same image

    i assume they then get planted in the garden in spring after the frosts yeah?


  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    ace - i will image ill have to stop myself from wanting to get them in the garden, but ill wait! image

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    Peanuts, a cold frame needn't cost you anything.  You can knock one up from recycled materials.  It won't be a thing of beauty and won't last long but a few months of protection is all you need.  Your plants will love you for it.  I have made wooden  ones out of old shipping crates covered in polythene all found in a local industrial estate.  Another made of bricks awaiting use in the garden, cut up polystyrene fish boxes, and an old window salvaged from a neighbour's skip.  Once the plants are hardened off you can discard the cold frame leaving your garden looking tidy for the summer.

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