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Sunday, 13 March 2011

When is the best time to buy plants?

When they're in the shops of course  ;^)

I have five general rules:
  1. Buy hardy annuals and all perennials and shrubs in early/ mid spring
  2. Buy half-hardy and tender annuals at the end of spring/ early summer
    (or buy earlier and keep indoors/ in a green house)
  3. Buy bulbs and corms in early autumn
  4. Buy trees at the end of autumn
  5. Avoid buying anything in 'full' or near-full flower
The reason why I buy plants at these times is because this is when they are best planted generally. Obviously, I ignore the rules when they don't apply or when I see a plant that I have been looking for for ages.

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