Questions about bedding plants you always wanted to know the answer
tobut were afraid to ask!
Q:I don't have any where at home to keep plants indoors so
can I buy bedding plants?
A:Yes - but order the garden ready ones that will be ready to
plant out as soon as they arrive
Q: Can I grow bedding plants from seed?
A: Yes - there lots available to grow from seed. Start them off
from December - April according to the instructions on the packets.
Q: Can I keep plants for more than one season?
A: Some plants will live to flower another year but won't do
anywhere near as well the second year. If you have a corner of
the garden then you could plant them in that area and leave them
to it. Pansies will sometimes do well.
Many plants would need keeping indoors over winter so unless you
have a lot of indoor space such as a greenhouse then it's not
worth trying. Keep some on windowsills as indoor house plants
Q: At the garden centre how do I know which plants to pick?
A: Pick bushy ones with plenty of leaves and buds on.
Q: Can my children grow some annual bedding plants with me?
A: Try sweet peas and nasturtians as they are both easy to grow
and can be started off in pots on windowsills.
Q: Can I grow vegetables in my bedding display?
A: Yes! This is a fun this to do. Plants like beetroot have red
coloured leaves which make a nice foliage effect. Chards are pretty
too. You could grow cabbages too - red and white in a pattern
would look fun. After all ornamental cabbages used to be very
popular, with normal cabbage the advantage is you can eat your
display! Runner beans would grow tall and add height to your border
as well as lots of lovely red flowers.
Q: I have a very shady corner of my garden what bedding plants
can I grow there?
A: You can try pansies or cyclamen or hostas, or even put some
Q: I want to put tulip bulbs in my bedding display. What order
should I plant them in?
A: Plant bulbs last so you aren't then putting a plant on top
of them. You can leave tulips in at the end of the season. Mark
them with a stick if you think you will be leaving them in.
Q: I have come to plant out my bedding plants and the roots
are all knotted together in a very tight ball, what should I do?
A: Try to tease them apart gently so the roots have more space.
This helps them get more firmly planted and allows the roots to
spread out sooner.
Q: How long do I have to water the bedding plants for once
I have put them in place in the garden?
A: Every day for a couple of days and then every couple of days
unless it rains hard. After a week they should have settled in.
Q: What feed should I use on my bedding plants?
A: Use a high potash fertiliser.
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