Planting tips for plants
As soon as your parcel are delivered, unpack and check the plants. If there are any problems let us know immediately, we send out only vigorous and perfectly healthy plants.
Plant as soon as possible. If they can’t be planted immediately place the pots in a sheltered spot in good light. Make sure you water regularly until they are planted.
What aspect ?
Unless otherwise indicated plant in full sun. Our plants need as least a full half day of sun.
What soil ?
A light, well drained soil, drought resistant plants suffer from excessive humidity. If your soil is likely to be too wet, plant on a small mound to improve drainage. Break up the soil to a depth of 25 – 30 cm (10 to 12 inches). If your soil is heavy dig in a good quantity of sand to help drainage. Our plants generally prefer an alkaline (limey) soil but can be planted in neutral or slightly acid soil. If you soil is acid dig in magnesium limestone (50g/m²).
What planting distance ?
All depends on the plants you have chosen. For small perennials leave at least 30 cm (12 inches) between plants. For shrubs allow 1 to 2 metres.
What planting period ?
September to October is the best planting time, giving sufficient time to acclimatise to their new situation before winter. It enables them to make the most of the autumn rain and better withstand the summer drought. It is, of course, possible to plant in spring but bear in mind you will need to water at least occasionally during the first summer.
How to plant ?
Since all our plants are grown in special ‘root trainer’ pots which prevent them becoming root bound, there is no need to break up the root ball. Dig a hole such that the collar of the plant will be 2 to 4 cm (1 to 2 inches) below the level of the soil. Remove the pot and place the plant in the hole, fill in around the roots and firm gently. Water thoroughly to ensure that there are no air gaps around the roots.
How much water?
After a first thorough watering after planting, water again several times to help the plant to become established (3 times, once every 10 days). Once established the plants should need no further water. It is important not to water during the summer months. Coming originally from the Mediterranean basin where growing conditions are particularly difficult (summer drought, cold winters and generally poor, alkaline soil) they are dormant during the summer. Watering during this period can cause rot to set in.
What fertilizer ?
With good garden soil our plants need no additional fertilizer. With a poor soil, they still need no fertilizer for the same reasons as mentioned above, they are perfectly adapted for poor thin soils.
General care and propagation
Our plants need relatively little care. Keep them weed free and prune lightly (to remove dead branches and keep the plant neat and well shaped) once a year, preferably after the last frosts.
What pests and diseases ?
They suffer from almost no diseases. The best way to keep them healthy is to ensure they are grown in clean (weed free) soil in conditions for which they are best adapted. In the spring certain insect larvae may attack them but generally they cause little damage. Slugs and snails can occasionally be a problem. The best way to reduce all problems is to ensure that the borders are kept clean.
How to use our plants ?
All depends on the type of plant, its size and vigour. Many of the plants we grow have medicinal or culinary uses however we strongly suggest that you seek advice before using any plant in this manner. We cannot be held responsible for any problems which may result.