POT UP PLUG PLANTS
Get your bedding off to a great start, says Ruth
MY plug plants, which include a fuchsia, dahlia, brachyscome, osteospermum and geranium, survived the harsh start to spring and have grown well.
Now it is time to pot them on so they can develop strong root systems and healthy foliage before they are hardened off and planted out.
I potted them up in John Innes No2, which has enough goodness to fire up their growth without being so strong it burns their roots. I also gave them a thorough soaking and won’t water them again until they start to look slightly limp.
My plugs will spend the next few weeks in an unheated greenhouse, but do just as well in a cold frame or mini greenhouse, as long as you can cover them with fleece or zip up the front on frosty nights. Watch them for pests, as tender young leaves will attract sap-sucking nuisances such as aphids. Squish early sightings before they develop enough to infest plants and require a chemical solution.
Stand plants in water before potting up Plugs will grow large and healthy in warmth, light and good compost
Pinching out creates stronger plants