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Thanks for the welcome....new plants, to plant or not to plant? that is the question?

Comments (6)

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    Jeremy Wright

    You're welcome ;-)

    Couldn't resist:

    "All the garden's a stage, And all the plants are merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one plant in its time plays many parts, Its acts being seven ages ..."

    A better wordsmith than me is welcome to write the seven ages of a plant as Shakespeare might have done.

  2. Grower

    Robert Yeoman

    Hi Angela,

    Welcome! A lovely table of plants there... I love ferns and begonias so a little collection that made me smile : )

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    If the question is "should I plant them in my garden or not?" then yes! Unless the one at the centre front is Vinca, in which case pass it on to someone else!! (laughs)

  4. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Looks like Vinca to me too and, to be honest, I'd keep it in a pot or pass it on as it has more than a tendency to 'take over'.

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    Angela

    Hi I really should have posted this on questions!! what I would like to know is, would you plant these out now or wait until the spring!! I know one should not plant anything in frosty weather!
    Regarding the Vinca.... a bit of a Marmite plant!! I grow about eight varieties possibly more (shock horror) and trim it to keep it under control, has never caused a problem.....yet!!

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Angela,
    I should have said "if the question is, should I plant them out now, last week in November" then the answer is yes (except the vinca, ha! ha!). It is fine to plant out, unless the soil is actually frozen. If you think about it, those little pots are going to have cold frosty air all the way round them, but if you plant them in the garden, then they are protected by soil on all sides except the top - so on balance, plants are safer being in the ground, then being in pots.

    It's still ok to plant in frosty weather, as long as the soil is not rock hard. Light frost is usually gone by mid-morning, and as it melts, it moistens the soil. There's a difference between a couple of mornings of frost, and that situation where it's been below freezing for day after day... the easy way to tell is to try to dig an 'ole in the soil: if you can't get the trowel in, or if all you can do is lever up one enormous wodge of solid soil, then it's too cold for planting!


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