Right time to plant pansies and primulas outside

Sandra ASandra A Posts: 42
I have a few small plugs of primulas and Winter pansies and I am not sure when should I plant them outside. They look so small and the cold is increasing! Could anyone guide me, please? Thank you
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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,627
    How big are your plug plants ? 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,883
    I've planted mine, they are hardy.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Sandra ASandra A Posts: 42
    REALLY tiny around 2 inches 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,883
    Just watch out for slugs. Mine are all in big pots around the house, they are fine that small.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Sandra ASandra A Posts: 42
    Oh good, they look like wanna play outside, but I was in doubt! I want to put most of them in pots! Thank you  :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    I think you have to be careful with those just now. I couldn't plant something that size outside at the moment, unless I could keep molluscs away from them. They'd disappear overnight.
    If you put them into pots, slug/snails are still the biggest issue. Weather won't affect them. If you have them indoors, get them outside as much as possible for the next few days, and then it won't come as a shock.
    We've already had four or five frosts here, but many areas are having their first tonight, so be aware of that for a few days  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Sandra ASandra A Posts: 42
    Thank you for all the answers. Would it kill them to remain indoors until they get bigger?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    It's a difficult call at this time of year @Sandra A. If you leave them too long inside, they'll grow, but will become a bit leggy and weak, and it also becomes harder to get them adjusted to outside conditions again. 
    If you have a cold frame, you could put them in that, opening it throughout the day and closing it at night, for a while. It really depends how mild it is where you are too- they might grow on quite a bit outside anyway, if it stays favourable  :)

    If you can keep them away from being munched, they'll be fine outside, but give them a few days to adjust, as they'll have been grown undercover.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Looking at your pics, I'd agree with Fairy's advice.
    I'd also check whether they have a reasonable root system yet - hard to tell from your photo but the pots look reasonably damp and no sign of roots breaking through.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 744
    Always liked to get them to flower before planting out, assured of a good root system.
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