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Your wall­flow­ers will be sold in ta y bunches of leafy roots – ‘in the green’ – with brown pa­per or news­pa­per wrapped round the roots to pro­tect them. Un­pack and en­sure they look healthy and rel­a­tively moist.

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Soak in wa­ter for at least an hour be­fore plant­ing to make sure roots are fully hy­drated and not dry. Sat in a gar­den cen­tre or post of­fice for days may mean they’re not at their best for plant­ing straight away.

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Dig holes big enough to fit the root mass, and plant in clumps quite closely to­gether to stop there be­ing a ‘gappy’ look to your plant­ing, though leave room for a bushy plant to de­velop. Firm the soil in well around the crown.

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Wa­ter in well and mulch with gravel to keep weeds down, and for a neat ef­fect. Dur­ing hot spells, mulch with wood­chip to re­tain mois­ture but give no ex­tra un­nec­es­sary nu­tri­ents. This will also keep roots warm in win­ter.

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