When you order plants online, you’ll often be given a choice of sizes. While all our plants are raised under the same controlled, high quality conditions, you can choose from several different sized plugs or skip straight to the biggest garden ready plants in pots. If you have the time and space to pot on the smaller plugs, they represent exceptional value for money. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy shortcut, it makes sense to order strong 2 litre potted plants that are raring to go!
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What sized plugs and plants are available?
Extra value plugs (approx. 3 – 6cm)
Grown using an innovative cartridge plug system, these young plants have an extra strong root system. Browse extra value plugs here.
Value plugs/Postiplugs (approx. 5 – 9cm)
A popular size for good reason. These plant parcels fit through most standard letterboxes. Size 5-9cm. Browse value plugs here.
Super plugs/Jumbo plugs (approx. 5 – 11cm)
For the best performance, we recommend that you grow your super plugs on further in 11cm pots or their final planting containers, maintaining a minimum temperature of 13-16 ̊C (55-60 ̊F). Allowing your super plug plants to establish in this way before moving to their final position outdoors pays dividends later in the season. Browse super plugs here.
Garden ready plugs (approx. 10 – 15cm)
While these plugs are ‘garden ready’ always make sure that all risk of frost has passed before you plant them out. For planting directly into the ground, ensure that the soil has been dug over and lumps broken down. Add a good handful of compost if your existing soil is poor. Once planted, don’t forget to give your plants a drink and protect them from slugs and snails. Browse garden ready plugs here.
9cm potted plants (plants from 7cm)
These large potted plants offer excellent value and the ultimate convenience! Plant them out or pot them on for the best results.
2 litre potted plants
These well-established plants in 2L or 3L pot sizes can be planted straight into their final positions. Browse 2 litre potted plants here.
Please note: Our Extra Value and Value plug plants trays contain extra cells over and above the stated quantity. You’ll normally receive a few extra plants, even if some of the cells are empty.
What to do when your plants arrive
- Carefully unpack your plants and check that the compost is moist.
- If the compost is dry, water carefully and allow it to drain.
- Stand in a light, warm place, and then follow the growing instructions as soon as you can – provided they’re kept moist, your new plants can usually wait for up to 3 days for planting.
- Your plants have been grown under ideal conditions, and inspected by one of our experts prior to packing and despatch. However, if they’ve been damaged or delayed during delivery, please contact us immediately.
How to care for your plug plants in the garden
To achieve a stunning display that lasts all summer long, check your plants to make sure that they have adequate water and feed them regularly. When planting in containers, mix a slow-release fertiliser plus some water retaining crystals into the compost. They will then need less attention throughout the summer.
Try to water below the foliage canopy of the plants to reduce marking and damage to the flowers. Removing the dead and damaged flower heads will not only improve the appearance of the plants, but will also prevent the plant putting energy into seed production and ensure that more flowers are produced.
Brightening up your garden, starting a veg patch or taking on an allotment? Buying trays of plug plants gives you a strong start without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for practical guides to growing fruit, veg, flowers, shrubs and trees, visit our ‘expert advice’ articles for professional tips.