Plant­ing bare-root wall­flow­ers

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

■ Many gar­den cen­tres and nurs­eries will be stock­ing bare-root wall­flow­ers now, so buy a bunch and get them in the ground.

■ They are usu­ally sold in bun­dles of around 10 plants for a few quid.

■ They like al­ka­line soil and once you have planted and wa­tered them, they will start to put on root growth be­fore winter de­scends.

■ They won’t do much dur­ing the cold­est months, but will grow away strongly in spring and fill the air with their warm spicy scent.

■ Wall­flow­ers are bras­si­cas, so watch for club root and cab­bage root fly.

Plant wall­flow­ers in dense drifts, but keep their roots damp be­fore­handºº

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